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Near the towns of Lewiston and Havana, IL, about 45 miles northwest from Springfield on the Illinois River.

Pelicans at Emiquon

Land that was under cultivation for most of the 20th century is now being returned to its original state as a floodplain on the Illinois River. Spring rains filled in the ancient Thompson Lake, which is now home to a large variety of wildlife. This photo of the Thompson Lake pelican colony was taken on May 29 from a (rocking!) canoe by Deborah Berman. The late afternoon sun shows off these handsome fellows terrifically.

Emiquon in the News

Getting to the Emiquon Field Station

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emiquon field station Explore the science of the floodplain at the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon and become part of the history of this area. The field station significantly impacts on-site research about this vital ecosystem, providing “hands-on” learning for teachers and students of many ages.
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  • Michael Lemke Director, Emiquon Field Station Associate Professor, Biology, Health and Science mlemk1@uis.edu
  • Keith Miller Associate Director, Emiquon Field Station kmill2@uis.edu