Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon

Emiquon once was the jewel of the Illinois River, nurturing diverse and abundant communities of native plants and animals in the complex system of backwater wetlands and lakes.

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The Illinois River is part of one of the great large-floodplain river ecosystems in the world. The naturally dynamic relationship between a large river and its floodplain is paramount in maintaining the natural ecological productivity and diversity of these systems.