The Therkildsen Field Station connects researchers and students of all ages to the Emiquon Preserve by supporting education and exploration of its complex wildlife and habitats.

The floodplain restoration at the Emiquon Preserve provides exciting scientific opportunities for researchers and valuable learning experiences for students. Additionally, the quiet and scenic setting offers artists and writers an inspiring get-away. The Therkildsen Field Station (TFSE) provides logistical support for these endeavors with laboratory and classroom space, as well as equipment and housing.

  • Our FAQ page should answer most of the whatwherewhy, and how type questions.
  • stay up-to-date on the TFSE?  Join our mailing list and visit us on our Facebook page.
  • I would like to support students and research at the TFSE, how can I make a donation? Thank you! You’ll find what you need on our support the TFSE page.
  • Did you see the Snow Geese at Emiquon this past Spring? If you missed out, catch them on our video.
  • Our weather station is accessible on-line. Check-out our weather page for more information.

Student Experiences

A central part of the Therkildsen Field Station’s mission is to assist with the education of future scientists, policy makers, and informed citizens. We are proud of being able to support students with logistics while at the TFSE, as well as through a variety of student grant opportunities. Students supported by the TFSE or by other funding agencies have engaged in a number of projects focusing on the importance of the Emiquon Restoration Project and the surrounding area.

Former students researchers at the TFSE have successfully moved onto employment in related fields. Among them are a Wildlife Biologist with APHIS-Wildlife Services, USDA (New Jersey); a Water Resources Outreach Assistant with Illinois Water Resources Center; and a Natural Resources Specialist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Help support the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon

Courses

The following UIS courses either focus on the Emiquon Preserve or make use of the TFSE, and have been offered at least once for credit.

  • BIO 111. Emiquon Stories.
  • BIO 333. 10,000 Years at Emiquon.
  • BIO/ENS. 444 Aquatic Ecology.
  • BIO 445. Biology of Water Pollution.
  • BIO 446. Restoration Ecology.
  • COM 462. Writing for Public Relations.
  • BIO 561. Advanced Microbiology – Microbial Ecology.