Guides to local birds and birding
Birds of the windy city
Discover over 300 birds in Chicago.
This printable guide provides a sampling of Chicago’s bird life and resources for learning more. Chicago is a great place to learn about birds and become stewards for their survival.
Chicago REgion Birding Trail Guide
This pocket guide covers the seven Illinois counties surrounding Chicago and the two north-west Indiana counties along Lake Michigan.
This guide offers the highlights of birding in the Chicago region.
Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, an all volunteer Chicago conservation effort. They rescue injured migratory birds that hit buildings downtown and they work to reduce risks in Chicago to these birds. Hotline - (773) 988-1867
Chicago Ornithological Society, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012.
Illinois Ornithological Society, the statewide birding organization.
Bird Conservation Network, a coalition of organizations with an interest in bird conservation
Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd., an Illinois based nonprofit organization devoted to environmental preservation of the bald eagle and other endangered species
Illinois Birding Calendar, maintained by Jenny Vogt. Dates and Locations for Field Trips, Presentations, and Other Illinois Birding Events
IBET (IL Birders Exchanging Thoughts), a Yahoo! group for Illinois birders.
Find or Be a “Birding Pal” - www.birdingpal.org
Are you taking a vacation or business trip soon? Check out a really great web site called birdingpal.org, where birdwatchers can find local contacts.
Chicago Area Birding Guide: where to bird in the west suburbs.
Illinois Young Birders - a birding club for kids, teens, and young adults ages 9 to 18.
Wildbirds.com includes information on identifying, attracting and protecting birds, as wel as finding birds in each state. State bird checklists are available, along with articles on selecting binoculars and on wild bird photography.
Bird Note is a series of daily two-minute podcasts about birds full of fascinating information.
Peterson Online Birds, a new quality site with lots of info and links. Thanks to Chuck Williamson for creating the link.
Illinois Natural Resources Information Network, species specific information.
Cook County Forest Preserve District - Birding page includes a birding checklist, and upcoming Forest Preserve events.
Header Photo by Jerry Goldner