With rolling oak savannas, vast riverbeds and marshes, dense tall forests, and beautiful beaches, Illinois has plenty to offer for birders. From the hundreds of easy to access preserves in the Chicagoland area to the dense cypress swamps of the Shawnee, there is something special for every birder. Illinois offers birders a chance to get up close and personal with many species of birds. The strong and active birding community along with the dedicated efforts of conservationists have created a gorgeous and welcoming environment for every level of birder from beginners to expert listers.
A comprehensive list of sites, groups, and mailing lists with local or statewide Illinois bird sightings.
A comprehensive list of birding groups in Illinois that post their field trip outings online.
Birding locations and maps for the nine county area around Chicago.
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