Birding in Illinois

Illinois Listserves & Forums

E-mail lists and web groups where Illinois birders post and discuss their sightings.


Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts (IBET)

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This is an electronic mailing list where Illinois birders exchange bird sightings.
Subcription & Posting Info.


ILbirds - IBET - Official group page with an extensive archive going back as far as 2003.
Recent IBET Posts - The most recent 50 IBET posts on one page on Jack Siler's
Illinois IBET Messages - At least the past 6 months of IBET posts in a thread format on Surfbirds.



Birding Reports & Journals

Illinois bird clubs and birders' websites with recent bird sightings and reports.


The Birds of FermiLab

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Peter Kasper, a physicist at the DuPage County lab, has been keeping careful track of his sightings for many years. With the ongoing help of other birders, there is a journal of recent sightings, a terrific checklist, a map of the facility, and a site guide narrative.


Kane County Audubon Sightings

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Kane County Audubon maintains a page with recent sightings in the Kane County area that have been posted to IBET, phoned in, or e-mailed to the club. They also have a list of birding spots and a checklist of Kane County birds.


Carlyle Lake Bird Report

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Dan Kassebaum posts photos and recent sightings from Carlyle Lake in south-central Illinois.  Along with recent sightings he also maintains a checklist for the site.



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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.