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 Great Lakes

Lake-Cook Audubon Society:

McHenry County Audubon Society:

Sinnissippi Audubon:

Chicago Audubon:

Indiana Audubon:

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:

Audubon International Birding Tours: Go birding with Audubon-trained guides to conserve important bird habitat and support local communities.

Plants for Birds: find native plants for your area with Audubon’s native plant database.


Birding Organizations and information on birds:

Illinois Ornithological Society:

Illinois Young Birders: field trips and other birding events for birders age 9 to 18:

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;

Report a banded bird sighting:

Bird migration radar website:

Cornell’s Bird Academy: a collection of bird videos on many different topics:

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

Illinois Birding by County: do you want to know the specifics of birding a particular place you’ve heard about from birders but have never been to the location yourself? This link provides detailed descriptions of how to bird many of these places written by local birders who bird them frequently.

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

The importance of checking you bird feeders for mold

How to create a hummingbird-friendly yard: information on native plants and feeders

2018 is the Year of the Bird: Join the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in a yearlong celebration of birds.

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

Birds & Beans: organic Fairly Traded Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee. Help to save Neotropical migrant and local bird species. Conserve forest and habitat. Keep toxic chemicals out of the ecosystem. Support farm families and local communities. Preserve healthy microclimates:

Guide to birding: useful information for new birders:

Beginner’s Birdwatching Guide: how to get started in birding:

The Feather Atlas: feather identification tool:

Resources for Tower Collisions: For when you see a tower with a steady light while driving at night, or search your area for towers that still use always on lighting, you can do something for the birds: and this app: Note the navigation tabs at the top of the SongBirdSaver page, there's a desktop app, mobile app, list of birds in danger and sample letters.

Hummingbird sightings:

Other environmental organizations:

Grow Lake County: Lake County-specific site that includes an interactive local food map, gardening tips, volunteer opportunities, organizational profiles, and more: Click here to read the press release about the launch of this website in 2018.

Green Drinks Libertyville: Gatherings for those who share an interest in the environment, sustainability and our community

Lake County Forest Preserves:

Openlands: Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.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:

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:

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:

Find native plants for your area:

Chicago Region Dunesland Habitat Guide: a link to an extensive guide on plants of the dunes created by a very talented LCAS member and Sharing Our Shore-Waukegan volunteer, Kathleen Garness:


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: