‘The Chicago 40’: Species Every Chicagoan Should Know About

Conservationist Robbie Telfer wants you to learn about 40 species that are central to the region’s identity. Are you up for the challenge?

‘The Chicago 40’: Species Every Chicagoan Should Know About
In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005 file photo, a monarch butterfly spreads its wings as it feeds on the flowers of a butterfly bush in Omaha, Neb. Nati Harnik / AP Photo
‘The Chicago 40’: Species Every Chicagoan Should Know About
In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005 file photo, a monarch butterfly spreads its wings as it feeds on the flowers of a butterfly bush in Omaha, Neb. Nati Harnik / AP Photo

‘The Chicago 40’: Species Every Chicagoan Should Know About

Conservationist Robbie Telfer wants you to learn about 40 species that are central to the region’s identity. Are you up for the challenge?

Robbie Telfer has a love for the prose, but his heart belongs to nature. He says he wants every Chicagoan to understand the natural history of 40 organisms that are central to the region’s identity, including monarch butterflies and the common bean.

Reset learns more about Telfer’s “The Chicago 40” challenge, and the indigenous species included in the list.

GUEST: Robbie Telfer, writer and conservationist

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