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Kids for Conservation ®  


Surviving an Illinois winter is a difficult challenge for wildlife species. Some animals cannot meet the challenge and travel away from Illinois for winter. Some bats, birds and insects migrate out of our state for winter. Those animals that spend the winter in Illinois must be able to survive the following conditions: short periods of daylight; cold temperatures; possible lack of accessible water; and possible difficulty in finding food.

Animals in Illinois that cannot travel long distances live here all year. Other animals in Illinois are capable of moving long distances to more suitable winter conditions, but they do not. Some animals even move into Illinois to spend the winter. How do these winter residents survive? Click here for more information about some of Illinois' winter residents!

Kids for Conservation® requests are intended for youth up to 17 years of age. Educator resources are also posted on this page.

Tell Us About It!

Can You Find Them!?

I've Seen One!

Winter Resident Videos


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