Camel Rock at Garden of the Gods in Autumn


The state of Illinois is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the Great Lakes basin and is home to a variety of wildlife, including many federal and state endangered species as well as a number of critical habitats and ecosystems (2).

The major metropolitan city of Chicago is located in Cook County, which is also the county with the second highest number of endangered species in Illinois (6). Dubbed the ‘Land of Lincoln’ as President Abraham Lincoln began his political career in Illinois, the state features 101 kilometres (63 miles) of Lake Michigan shoreline (1) (4). An icon of Illinois’ natural heritage, Lake Michigan provides seven million residents, or half the state’s population, with water (1).