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Upper Quiver Lake, a backwater of the Illinois River, near Havana, IL.

Picture of Upper Quiver Lake, a backwater of the Illinois River, near Havana, IL taken during the summer of 2012

Illinois River Biological Station

The Illinois Natural History Survey's Illinois River Biological Station is one of six stations of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program's Long Term Resource Monitoring element (LTRM), funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and administered by the United States Geological Survey's Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Staff here also coordinate the Long Term Survey and Assessment of Large River Fishes in Illinois (LTEF), fish and vegetation monitoring and research at the Emiquon Preserve, and zooplankton research project concerning effects of invasive species (Asian carp) on native ecosystems.  

The Illinois River Biological Station (IRBS) is supported by the Division of Ecology and Conservation Sciences, Illinois Natural History Survey; Illinois Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Upper Mississippi River Restoration; and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through Sport Fish & Wildlife Restoration grants.

IRBS staff also coordinate and undertake various other research programs focusing on large river ecosystems.

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Illinois River Biological Station staff based in Havana, November 2016.  Pictured in front, left to right:  Rebekah Haun, Alison Anderson, Kris Maxson, April Burgett, and Olivea Mendenhall.  Pictured in back, left to right:  Daniel Gibson-Reinemer, Andy Casper, Nathan Lederman, Seth Love, Jason DeBoer, Levi Solomon, Doyn Kellerhals, and Andrya Whitten. 

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Illinois River Biological Station staff, Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville, IL.  Pictured left to right: Rebekah Haun, Andy Casper, Nathan Lederman, Seth Love, and Jason Deboer.  Rebekah, Nathan, and Seth are based at Silver Springs while Jason serves as Team Leader and Andy serves as Principle Investigator.  Andy and Jason are based in Havana. 


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Illinois River Biological Station seasonal technicians and interns based in Havana, summer 2017.  Pictured left to right are Drew Olson, Amber Blackert, Mason Deja, Melissa Zeglen, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Bookout, Liz Dix, Matt Hunsaker, Ashley Stanley, Sarah Lindholm, and Jacob Veilleux.

Illinois River Biological Station

Illinois Natural History Survey

1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820

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