Many states have an ongoing forum that birders report and read about birds in their state. IBET is a free group that anyone can join and add to, with just a few reasonable rules. IBET has over 1200 members, making it the most widely used bird communication site in Illinois. Positives of IBET Learn about
Severson Dells Environmental Education Center is part of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District and provides a lot of education opportunities as well as good birding. Nearly every month there are guided bird walks led by naturalist Phil Schwab. These are excellent for beginning birders and enjoyable for experts. The education center is a converted
Boone County is one of the smaller counties of Illinois, bordering Winnebago, McHenry, and DeKalb Counties and the state of Wisconsin. Where it is lacking in size (only 281 square miles, about 1/2 that of Winnebago) it makes up for in good birding habitat and conservation efforts. The Boone County Conservation District has created and
The Winnebago Birding Guide is an online bird-finding site that highlights the wonderful birding locations in Winnebago County. This county has done a wonderful job in preserving land but even so, some birds are no longer found here – most notably the Greater Prairie Chicken. Currently there are 36 forest preserves, 1 state park, and
I just discovered a small (as in only 9.67 acres) preserve in Boone County called Flora Prairie Nature Preserve. This preserve is one of the very few parcels of native prairie in Boone County and is most known for a native plant known as the wooly milkweed. This plant is state endangered but was last
Three days ago the first Eastern Phoebe of the year was sighted in Winnebago County at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, a wonderful yet often busy birdspot. With Red-winged Blackbirds calling on nearly every country road fence post, Eastern Meadowlarks singing at Rock Cut State Park, it feels like Spring is finally here. A cool fact
eBird is the online birding checklist submission headquarters. Birders from all over the U.S. (Canada and elsewhere too) can submit their bird sightings through an easy to use form. This data can be used to develop trends in bird populations as well as to determine abundancy and dates when birds are at a particular location.
Winnebago County is located in the north central tip of Illinois. It shares its border with Wisconsin. This county is a crossroads of transitional ecosystems, where east meets west and north meets south. Winnebago County is a prime birding location, especially during spring and fall migration. Apporoximately 324 birds have been sighted within Winnebago County.