The 12 priority animal species are shown above. Chicago Wilderness is currently in the process of selecting priority plants and fungi.
The essential lands and waters of Chicago Wilderness support thousands of native species. Many of these species face multiple threats to their long-term survival. By focusing collectively on a targeted group of plants, animals, and fungi, we aim to improve their health and habitats. You can help.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PRIORITY ANIMAL SPECIES LEAD PARTNERS & ADVISORS:
Lead Partners: Audubon Great Lakes| The Field Museum | Illinois Audubon Society| Illinois Natural History Survey | Lake County Forest Preserves | Lincoln Park Zoo | National Great Rivers Research and Education Center | The Nature Conservancy, Illinois Chapter | Openlands | Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Advisors: Chicago Botanic Garden | Forest Preserve District of Kane County | Shedd Aquarium | USDA Forest Service