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Eddie Callaway [Birdfreak]

Lives on Callaway Farm, in Northern Illinois.

Presentation for NCIOSBirdfreak has lived all his life in northern Illinois. While most people don’t plan a vacation to northern Illinois (unless they go to Chicago), birding is surprisingly excellent in this area. Springtime is the best when warbles of Warblers come through along with other cool birds like Cuckoos, Thrushes, shorebirds, and more. One of the local birders has tallied over 300 species in our county (Winnebago).

Birdfreak enjoys hunting, with a camera that is, but is still an amateur photographer. Nearly all the photos on this site are taken with a Canon Rebel XTi (or 400D) and now a Canon 50D. You can view all of The Birdfreak Team photos on their Flickr account.

Birdfreak loves dogs, hiking, writing and travel but his biggest desire is to promote birding and conservation. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Marketing. Currently, Birdfreak works professionally in the marketing department for a local company that manufactures machine guarding and safety shields.

Jennifer Callaway [Veery]

Mom looking at Brown CreepersVeery – Jennifer Outcalt (Birdfreak’s sister), a 34-year old birder with a 12-yr old boy that is also into birding and quite excellent at spotting birds. Veery enjoys photgraphy too but claims to not be that good at it. However, she is super quick at spotting birds and is devoted to conservation.

Veery earned a degree in Geography with an emphasis on Natural Environmental Systems and a GIS Certificate at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois. She helps Birdfreak write many of the posts and brainstorm for new ideas about conservation. She currently works as a Cartographer for the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) in Findlay, Ohio.

Brief Birdfreak.com History

We started blogging on December 1st, 2006.

We have been featured on many conservation and birding websites.

We are constantly evolving in search for the best ways to promote birding and conservation.

After many months of not blogging, we are trying to get back in to promoting bird conservation. Check back for updates! – March 13, 2016.

On August 25th, 2010 we changed our slogan from Birdfreak.com: The Bird Conservation Blog to Birdfreak.com – Birds, Conservation & Everything Outdoors. Our goal is not to change our core mission: increase conservation for birds and inspire new ranks of birders. Instead, we hope to expand on the countless fun outdoor activities available for anyone willing to go out there and enjoy them. This opens up a lot of new topics for us to discuss and we hope our growing readership appreciates our efforts. – Eddie Callaway

Updated: March 2016

7 Comments

  1. December 15, 2006    

    It sounds as if you have a fine group of Birdfreaks, Eddie. I reciprocated on the link you added to your Birdvine. Again, it is an excellent effort and should further the interests of all birders.

  2. December 6, 2008    

    Love the bunch!!

  3. Bradley A Harris Bradley A Harris
    February 8, 2010    

    I began my Birding along the shores of Lake Michagan, in the suburbs of
    Chicago. I learned how to bird in the harsh winters of Illinois, the unpredictable springs, hawk counts in the fall. Now I live in Arkansas,
    learning how to bird all over agian. Every moment I have birded I have enjoyed. I enjoy reading your blogs, because brings back fond memories.
    Great job.

  4. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    February 8, 2010    

    Bradley – Glad you enjoy this site! Birding really can be enjoyed everywhere at any time and it is always such a blast to learn or re-learn birds whether it be a new region or just the start of a new season.

  5. February 15, 2010    

    Great site! Beaytiful pictures I particularly liked the Osprey!!

  6. velma velma
    February 7, 2012    

    i just came upon this site i enjoy it so far can you help me find someone to band birds at one of our bluebird meetings this year i live in darlington wi.

  7. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    February 13, 2012    

    Velma – I am not aware of anyone in your area that bands birds but if you check with Madison Audubon they may know someone to connect you with.

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