Established in 1858, the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) conducts research and collects data around the world with biological collections of over 9 million specimens including insects, fish, plants, annelids, mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fungi, and crustaceans. INHS documents the biological resources of Illinois and the rest of the world in order to better understand the complex relationships between people and the changing environment.
The INHS team consists of over 200 scientists and technicians, and continues to provide information as the leading source for biological resources in the state of Illinois and surrounding areas. This organization works toward creating a better understanding of biological diversity in Illinois and the world. Compilations of data and analyses serve as strong resources of information to both the science community and general public.
As part of CSI, INHS continues to promote healthy and sustainable ecological and biological societies. This organization promotes the common goal of conservation and appreciation of natural resources.
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