This scene is an upland hardwood forest in early spring. The rich, moist soil supports an abundance of wild flowers. White-tailed deer feed on tender new growth. Turtles and snakes emerge from hibernation. Migrating birds use the forest as a place to rest and feed on the way north. In May, there may be as many as 80 to 100 species of birds here in one day. A few stay here to nest.
The beech trees in this scene are signs that this is not a typical Illinois forest. American beech is a dominant tree of the eastern deciduous forest. It occurs only in the easternmost and southernmost parts of the state. Most forests in Illinois are oak-hickory forests.
Learn more about forests at the Museum's Forest of Illinois Web exhibit.
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