Birding in Illinois

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

If you are going birding in Illinois, then you can find everything you need right here, including:

  • Birding Clubs
  • Audubon Society
  • Conservation Groups
  • Bird Checklists
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Nature Camps
  • Trip Reports
  • and much more

If you are looking for information on birding in Illinois, then you are in the right place.

Whether you are planning a short day trip to a local park or an extended trip to a nearby bird sanctuary, you need a good plan.

If you want to search for a specific bird, maybe for your life list, you will need to do some research.

Use your field guide for habitat information and possible locations to begin your search. Then take a look at the bird checklists provided by many wildlife sanctuaries. Once you've narrowed your search area, plan your travel, get your birding gear together and Go Birding!

If you're simply looking for a place to go bird watching without an intended target, you still need a plan. You will need to research the location instead of a specific bird. You will need maps, bird checklists (if available) weather conditions, etc.

Great links for birding in the field or in your own backyard:

Where you can learn about:

More Great Birding Links:

The Illinois Audubon Society is a great source for information on wild birds, bird watching, wildlife sanctuaries, school and youth programs, nature camps and more.

Illinois bird checklists are available from the USGS. This link contains checklists for six wildlife refuges in Illinois.

The Nature Conservancy of Illinois contains information on nature preservation, local wildlife sanctuaries, field trips and much more.

Please use our Contact Us Page if you would like to submit a trip report on your experiences birding in Illinois.

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