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Shedd's At Home on the Great Lakes exhibit features a Sturgeon touch experience.

At Home on the Great Lakes

Meet some of the most notable—and notorious—animals that make their homes in the Great Lakes ecosystem. If you think all our native fishes are brown or silver, check out the colorful darters and sunfishes. Touch a sturgeon—a prehistoric fish species that dwells on the bottom of Lake Michigan. And look down the toothy mouth of a sea lamprey to understand how invasive species can impact native fish populations. Take a tour of our aquatic neighborhood to find out who else lives here!

  • A lake sturgeon on the habitat floor at Shedd Aquarium.

    TOUCH

    Reach into the cool water to feel the armored skin of a fish little changed from the days of the dinosaurs.  

  • A marbled salamander, its skin glossy with moisture, rests contentedly on a patch of wet moss.

    LOOK

    From sirens to salamanders, see some of the amphibians that find moist habitats in local back yards, parks and forest preserves.   

  • Lamprey are snake-like invasive fish with round, suction-cup like mouths that latch on and rasp at their prey with many small, hooked teeth.

    DISCOVER

    From ravenous Asian carp to toothy sea lampreys, meet some of the invasive species posing challenges to the Great Lakes.  

We’re all at home on the Great Lakes

From sand dunes to shorelines views, the Great Lakes are among the world’s most precious natural resources. If you live in the Great Lakes basin, you’re one of the 40 million people who depend on the lakes for drinking water, employment and recreation. More than 3,500 plant and animal species—some found nowhere else on the planet—also call the region home. By meeting our animal neighbors and understanding the environmental issues that affect them, we can help protect the Great Lakes for wildlife and people. 

Stella the wood duck stands on a log in her Shedd habitat, her brown plumage and speckled breast well-camouflaged against her rocky and woody surroundings.

Meet a rescued duck

Wood ducks get their common name from their unlikely behavior of perching and nesting high in trees. One Shedd wood duck has a special story.

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