We love to travel to find new birds and participate in a lot of bird counts. We also created a Guide to Birding Field Guides and host a collection of over 200 birding links from all over the globe.


While our main focus continues to be birds, we promote other areas of conservation as well. Conserving land not only benefits wildlife, but is hugely beneficial to people as well.

Year of the Young Birder

2013 is officially The Year of the Young Birder! We plan on spending the whole year promoting young birder clubs and sharing ideas on how to help student naturalists become lifelong conservationists.

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I and the Bird Returns!

October 30, 2012 | No comment

The crew at 10,000 Birds has brought back the wildly popular blog carnival, I and the Bird. It is a brand new format but promises to bring a lot of great bird action that we’ve never seen before. Each edition will focus on a specific group, family, or genus of birds. The first edition is […]

Launch! – Book Review Library

October 4, 2012 | 2 comments

After a few weeks of work I am happy to announce the launching of the Birdfreak Book Review Library! As of launching, the database includes 95 titles, all with links to reviews previously posted on the blog as well as links to purchase through Amazon Affiliate links. Currently you can sort by book title or […]

[Short Story] “A New Home For Christmas”

December 22, 2011 | No comment

In preparation of the Christmas holiday we are posting a short story Eddie wrote last year. Besides enjoying the great outdoors, Eddie has been writing stories since he was 10. Please give it a read, print out the PDF (download here [PDF 487 KB]), and feel free to share with others and read to your […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

November 24, 2011 | No comment

The Birdfreak Team wishes everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday! It looks like it will be fairly warm for us in northern Illinois so maybe we’ll get a chance to go birding in between visiting family and enjoying a lot of tasty food! Bella going after a bird toy* *Not a turkey but supposed […]

RJ’s Story – Stray Cat Saga

November 4, 2011 | 4 comments

On October 16th, 2011 Stacia was walking Bella at the local park. She was just about done and ready to return to the car when she spotted a cat on the wrong side of the fence to the park’s swimming pool (closed for the season). The cat was trapped but Stacia was able to lift […]

A Farewell to Socks

July 1, 2011 | 5 comments

On June 30th, 2011 we faced the heart-wrenching decision every dog owner must eventually face. It is a decision nobody wants to make nor even talk about. But as a family we all decided it was right. We bid a farewell to Socks, our always faithful, always loyal pup. She was 17! Socks was a […]

Birdfreak’s Getting Married!

May 14, 2011 | 3 comments

Today, May 14th, 2011 Eddie (aka Birdfreak) is marrying his sweetheart Stacia. They are honeymooning in Hawai’i so will be away from blogging for a couple weeks. Make sure to keep visiting here as Jennie and Dakota (from Ohio) will be posting fun stuff!! And when the lovebirds return look for a ton of photos […]

Blizzard of 2011

February 2, 2011 | 2 comments

I don’t know the final snow totals yet but Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 and into the morning of Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 we were hit with an outrageous blizzard in Rockford, Illinois. One of the news stations has reported 13.9 inches, our 4th biggest snowfall ever. The city of Rockford (population 150,000+) issued a state […]

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