Birding in Illinois

Birding in Illinois

Visit a State with Lots of Birds and Beautiful Places

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.



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Purple Sandpiper - Eric Secker

Illinois Bird Sightings

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A comprehensive list of sites, groups, and mailing lists with local or statewide Illinois bird sightings.


Mayor Dailey with Birders at Montrose

Illinois Field Trips

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A comprehensive list of birding groups in Illinois that post their field trip outings online.


PHOTOS ABOVE ©: Eric Secker. TOP: Henslow's Sparrow, Pratt's Wayne Woods F.P. FIRST BAR: Purple Sandpiper, Waukegan Beach. SECOND BAR: Mayor Dailey (third from left) with birders at Montrose.
Working Together for Birds and Habitats

Useful Links

Statewide Sightings:
IBET (IL-Birds)

Local Sightings:
Kane County
Carlyle Lake

Listing / Records:
Listers Corner
IL Records Comm.

Sightings Other States:

Birding Trail Guide

Birding locations and maps for the nine county area around Chicago.