Chicago Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Chicago Field Office

230 South Dearborn St., Suite 3300

Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 847-381-2253
TTY: 1-800-877-8339
(Federal Relay)


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We work with public and private entities to conserve and restore Chicago metro area endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.



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Feature Story

Hunting for an Elusive Orchid


SCA intern Clair with flowering eastern prairie fringed orchid

Photo by USFWS


February 1, 2016


Open Spaces is featuring posts by Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Since 1957, SCA has been connecting young people from all backgrounds with life-changing, career-making conservation service opportunities. Learn how you can get involved at Today, Claire Ellwanger checks in from the Chicago Ecological Services Office.


The search for orchids had begun. We were crouched on our hands and knees one day last summer, enveloped in humidity and prairie grasses. As we rustled the sedges and grasses, the mosquitoes floated up to surround us. We searched exhaustively on the ground where orchids had been seen in the last couple of years, sadly to no avail.


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Last updated: February 10, 2016