Terrestrial Research

 

Highlights from our work:

  • Head-starting and releasing turtles is costly and will not mitigate population declines on their own in the I-355 corridor, as adult mortality is too high. Less costly alternatives include protecting nests, controlling predators, and releasing hatchlings.
  • Desirable wetland species have become established in bioswales; however, invasive species remain among the dominants in approximately half of the bioswales.

  • At the North Chicago Wetland Mitigation Site 450 vascular plant species were identified, including populations of four threatened and endangered species, and numerous locations of high-quality prairie and wetland habitats.