Links to our preferred websites:

Audubon links:

National Audubon Society:

Audubon Adventures:  a program in your local schools, where children can gain new knowledge and deepen their understanding of conservation of birds and other wildlife. Audubon Adventures covers topics that are important to Audubon's mission and offers a wide choice of classroom kits for your community's schools: 

Audubon Chicago Region

Lake-Cook Audubon Society:

McHenry County Audubon Society:

The Birdist Rules of Birding: a new weekly feature at Audubon that will serve as a guide for all those looking to get deeper into the hobby:


Birding Organizations and information on birds:

Illinois Ornithological Society:

Chicago Ornithological Society:

eBird: record the birds you see, keep track of your bird lists, explore dynamic maps and graphs, share your sightings and join the eBird community, contribute to science and conservation:

Illinois Birder's Forum: a place to share photographs, sightings and information on birding in Illinois:

Illinois Birder's Exchanging Thoughts (IBET): a listserv/Yahoo group where Illinois birders post sightings:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: a world leader in the study and conservation of birds. Here you will find an online guide to birds and bird watching:

American Bird Conservancy: their mission is to conserve and their habitats throughout the Americas:

Bird Conservation Network (BCN): preserving and restoring bird habitat in the Chicago Region for more than a decade. BCN is a coalition of about 18 organizations (bird clubs, Audubon chapters, ornithological societies and conservation organizations) sharing an interest in the conservation of birds:

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM): learn about CBCM's work to protect and recover migratory birds that are killed and injured in the downtown Chicago area each Spring and Fall migration. CBCM welcomes volunteers in their work monitoring, educating and transporting. Call or email to find out what you can do! 773-988-1867;

A list of the bird species that are found in Illinois:

Attracting Wild Birds: how to attract wild birds to your yard including information on feeding, houses and bird baths:

Purple Martin Conservation Association: to see photos of juvenile Purple Martins from Emma England's nest box monitoring at Old School Forest Preserve in 2014 click here

The American Bird Conservancy's article on neonicotinoids and birds:

International Crane Foundation:

Arrivals and Influxes - Your Daily Illinois Migration Report: daily documentation of bird migration in Illinois in this blog by Nick Minor:

Birds of North America Online: BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs and more. It also features recordings of the songs and calls of the bird species from the extensive collection of Cornell's Macaulay Library. Information on how to subscribe is found here:

Thayer Birding Software: become the local bird expert. Purchase and download here:

Larkwire: learn bird songs the fun way! Larkwire is a web-based or smartphone app and is a  game-based learning system for mastering bird sounds, designed for both beginners and advanced birders:

The Audubon Bird Guide App: now free!:

iBird Pro Guide to Birds app: designed to satisfy the needs of advanced birders. It offers comprehensive identification, behavior, habitat and ecology information. It has hand-drawn illustrations, professional photographs, range maps and playable calls for 940 North American and Hawaiian bird species:

Xeno-canto: birds songs from around the world:

Information for beginner bird watchers:

Bird songs: listen to the songs of 602 North American bird species:

National Audubon Guide to Buying Binoculars

Other environmental organizations:

Green Drinks Libertyville: Tuesday June 9th is their inaugural event at O'Toole's in Libertyville. "Whoo's in You Backyard?" will be presented by Jill Stites from Lake County Forest Preserve and she will bring a live Owl!

Lake County Forest Preserves:

Conserve Lake County: their mission is to preserve open land, restore natural areas, and inspire a commitment to land conservation for the benefit of people and wildlife in Lake County. Conserve Lake County has an annual Spring Native Plant Sale. They have over 160 species of native flowering perennials, ferns, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees. Shop online by clicking here or visit the on-site plant sale:

Volo Bog State Park: details about visiting Volo Bog and their upcoming programs:

Wild Things Community: A nexus for grassroots Chicago region conservation that every two years hosts a day-long regional conference. They support stewards, monitors, advocates, educators, Chicago Wilderness members, volunteers, and staff - all working together to promote and protect the prairies, woodlands, wetlands, wild yards, and natural parks of northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.

Nature Conservancy Illinois:

Sierra Club: founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest grassroots environmental organization. Find out about the Illinois Chapter:

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO): information on recycling and composting in Lake County:

Wind power in Illinois:

United States Environmental Protection Agency:

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE): educational link for teachers:

Flying Wild: offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus:

Community Partners for Sustainability: Coordinated by the College of Lake County (CLC)Sustainability Center: Sustainable CLC is pleased to host a Community Calendar featuring sustainability events open to the public, hosted by CLC and partner agencies across Lake County.  Follow this link to see the calendar:

The Wetlands Initiative: The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage:


Information on Plants:

Native Plant Information Network: their goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. This link will give information on native plants in Illinois:

Northeastern Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP): their goal is to minimize the adverse impacts of invasive plants have on our open lands and waters in northeast Illinois, especially on native habitats and their native plants and wildlife:

Chicago Region Biological Guides: provided by The Field Museum this will provide information to identify plants, animals and fungi in the region:

US wildflowers database for Illinois: pictures of 366 wildflowers found in Illinois searchable by color:


Information on insects:

Dragonflies and butterflies: a pictorial reference to the species found in Illinois:

Insect identification database: a list with pictures of the 275 species of insects and bugs found in Illinois:

Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network: engages citizen scientists in the process of collecting quantitative date on butterfly populations:

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: lots to see including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven:

Migratory Dragonfly Partnership:To better understand and conserve North America's dragonfly migration, dragonfly experts, nongovernmental programs, academic institutions, and federal agencies from the United States, Mexico, and Canada have formed the collaborative:

The Xerces Society: member of the Xerces Society receive their publication Wings which disseminates scientific information, updates on advocacy efforts, and practical suggestions for helping invertebrates. It has articles by leading conservationists and scientists and features extraordinary color images from renowned wildlife photographers:

Images of insects: