Report Banded-Bird Sightings. Sightings of banded birds are easily reportable on the following USGS website page (easy to remember if you remember it is a .gov) at http://www.reportband.gov

Illinois Young Birders.  Field trips and other birding events for birders of age 9 to 18. See http://illinoisyoungbirders.org/

Help for Injured Birds:

  •  Chicago Bird Collision Monitors -  This organization monitors the downtown Chicago area daily during fall and spring migration to collect injured and dead migratory birds, usually injured from flying into windows.  If you find a bird sitting or lying on the ground, it likely needs medical help.  Call the Monitors’ hotline (773) 988-1867 to get help for the bird.  For more information about the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors and how you can volunteer, visit their website:  http://www.birdmonitors.net/
  • Willowbrook Wildlife Center – This center is an education and wildlife rehabilitation center operated by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.  They provide rehabilitative care for native and migrant wildlife.  Call (630) 942-6200 if you need help with an injured animal.  Their website is http://www.willowbrookwildlife.com/default.asp
  • Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation – (847) 842-8000  http://www.flintcreekwildlife.org

Illinois Ornithological Society:  IOS is another recreational and education birding organization. You can find calendar of Illinois birding events on their website  http://www.illinoisbirds.org/

Chicago Region Birding Trail - birding-site guide

Checklist of Chicago Area Birds - download (pdf)

IBET - Illinois bird-sightings list service

Illinois Birders’ Forum - reports, discussions, etc.