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National Forest - This wilderness is a great
place to find woodpeckers,
warblers, vireos and owls.
to Finding Birds at Fermilab. The diverse habitat
to be found on Fermilab's
6800 acres and the relative lack of disturbance combine to make Fermilab
one of the best bird-watching locations in the entire Chicago area
Area Birding Guide - by Jim Frazier
This guide has beencreated
to assist those visiting Chicago in finding some of the best places to
bird. It is NOT comprehensive. Except for material prepared by others,
the content is based strictly on our personal experiences, lore that we've
learned and published material to supplement the enormous gaps in our knowledge.
for Birding in the Chicago Far Western Suburbs -
DuPage County contains 54
county-owned forest preserves on a total of 22,303 acres. Many of these
preserves are excellent birding locations. Some of the major ones are described
on this site. See also Urs Geiser's Illinois
and Chicago Net Birding for everything you ever weanted to know about
birding in Chicago.
County Site Guide - by Michael Retter. At first glance,
area around Bllomington-Normal is an agricultural wasteland, but numerous
oases within the county act as migrant traps. In fact, interesting birds
(including a few specialties) may even be found in the thousands of corn
National Tallgrass Prairie - Wilmington, Illinois.
Includes a section called
Birds of Midewin - your guide to all that chirps, twitters, trills, and
quacks at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
Bluff Valley Sanctuary - War Bluff Valley Sanctuary, located in
Illinois (Pope County), 500 acre privately owned by the Illinois Audubon
Society. Several miles of maintained hiking trails. Over 250 species
of birds have been recorded at the sanctuary over the past 30 years. The
sanctuary is maintained by the Shawnee Audubon Society -- local chapter
of the Illinois Audubon Society.
Bald Eagles in Illinois - Where to Watch & Study
Park Parakeets - Feral Monk Parakeets in Chicago!
My goal is to promote knowledge
of this beautiful alien species residing in our neighborhood, and hopefully
to allow others to experience the birds on the net and also in person.
Research Project - By Jennifer Nesbitt. As part of
the grassland project, the
fields of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois
are being studied along with several other sites in Illinois.
Creek NWR, Illinois - Along the Cache River
in southern Illinois exists
not only the largest and most valuable wetland in the state, but one that
was recently dedicated (May 1996) as a Wetland of International Importance
by the Ramsar Convention.
a Bald Eagle or Get Your Money Back - Visitors Enjoy
Viewing December through February - by Madelyn Miller. When the winter
blues set in this year, itís time to plan a trip to the Quad Cities for
the yearly Bald Eagle Days and Bald Eagle Watch held each January along
the Mississippi River.
Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge -
United States Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Refuges - Illinois - Map showing
locations of all Illinois
National Wildlife Refuges.
Nature Conservancy of Illinois - preserve profiles
Report: Southern Illinois, March 10 - 12, 1995, by Jim Frazier.
Illinois Audubon Society sponsored a trip to Southern Illinois, near Effingham,
in Jasper County to observe Greater Prairie Chickens, Northern Harriers,
Short-eared Owls and Woodcock.
Report: Across Illinois and East St. Louis Area,
7-9, 1998 by Urs Geiser. Jonathan Simms and I attended a field trip of
the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS), led by Keith McMullen, in the
East St. Louis area. Both of us were able to take off from work on Friday
and spend the entire weekend birding. For both of us this was an opportunity
to see some western and southern strays, and Jonathan's goal was to finish
his first year in Illinois with an ambitious 250 species, although his
more realistic target was 240. My expectations were a handful of new state-birds
and one realistic life-bird.