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Forbes Biological Station – Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center

Forbes Biological Station – Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center

Name of organisation: Illinois Natural History Survey – Prairie Research Institute – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Funding support: Variable

Number of staff: 6

Number of visitors per year: 300

Overall aims of the centre

Research and monitoring relating to ecology and management of wetlands, waterfowl, and other waterbirds.

Description of the centre

Located adjacent to Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, near Havana, Illinois, USA

Main CEPA work areas

Community outreach (school and local programs), University seminars, conferences and scientific meetings, developing partnerships with other similar research stations and organization

Top three successes

1) Designing and implementing aerial surveys to identify and enumerate waterfowl and other wetland birds, 2) Developing conservation programs for game species, such as the wood duck, 3) Developing partnerships that can lead to long-term research projects and successful collaborations

Top three challenges

Interpretation techniques

site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education;Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Project planning.

Dr. Heath Hagy, Forbes Biological Station, P.O. Box 590, Havana, IL  62644

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