Reach into the cool water to feel the armored skin of a fish little changed from the days of the dinosaurs.
From sirens to salamanders, see some of the amphibians that find moist habitats in local back yards, parks and forest preserves.
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.