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DISCOVER OVER 300 SPECIES RIGHT IN CHICAGO

Windy City

Richard M. Daley, Mayor

Cover photograph of snowy owl at Montrose Point by Chicago birder Rob Curtis. Snowy owls regularly winter along Chicago’s lakefront.

BIRDS OF THE WINDY CIT Y

RICHARD M. DALEY, MAYOR
William F. Abolt, Commissioner City of Chicago Department of Environment David J. Doig, General Superintendent Chicago Park District John Rogner, Field Supervisor USDI Fish and Wildlife Service Christine Lee, President Chicago Audubon Society

. From the Lake Mayor Richard M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I hope you will use this booklet as a passport to the world of local bird life. . . . By working together as stewards for all our green C O N T E N T S CHICAGO’S BIRD LIFE . . . . . . . . . . .14 RESOURCES . . . . . . the Addison Bird Sanctuary. . . . . . . . . . . Chicago is a city that protects nature. . Gompers Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . is the next frontier of preservation and rehabilitation by the City and State of Illinois. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . home to many rare birds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 HABITATS . . . . . .DEAR FRIENDS. . . . Sincerely. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daley signed the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds with U. . . . . Fish and Wildlife Service Director Jamie Rappaport Clark on March 25. . . . . .11 MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . windows. . The peregrine falcon (Chicago’s Official City Bird) and her handler look on. . The Calumet region. . . . . . . . . . 2000. . . . . . In these places and many others. . . . . . . . . Michigan shoreline and the Chicago River to our parks and open spaces. we can make sure that birds continue to migrate through Chicago or make their homes here – providing enjoyment and an improved environment for ourselves and future generations to enjoy. . . . . . . . . Chicagoans can find the excitement and inspiration of the natural world. . . . . South Shore Cultural Center and Montrose Point. . . . . .12 CALENDAR – a year of birds . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 WHAT YOU CAN DO – cats. landscaping .16 Mayor spaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chicago’s natural areas add significantly to the quality of life. . North Park Village. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson Park. Working with community groups and conservation organizations. . . Bird life is one of Chicago’s great natural wonders. . . . . .6 BIRDS OF CHICAGO CHECKLIST . . . . . . . . .S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the City has made critical improvements to bird habitats in Lincoln Park’s North Pond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

R eally. wetlands and grasslands where they nest and in the tropical landscapes where they winter. Some pass through during migration. owls and more … over 300 different species of birds. and many are facing population declines due to loss of habitat in the forests. or spend the winter here. tanagers.Birds? Wild in the city? short-eared owl LIITA FORSYTH Would you believe tanagers from the Amazon – and snowy owls from the Arctic? Orioles . hummingbirds . falcons. sandpipers . Others nest here. cuckoos . woodpeckers. threatened or rare. Chicago is a great place to learn about birds and become stewards for their survival. cranes. This booklet contains a sampling of Chicago’s bird life and resources for learning more. 2 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . Rare. Some of these birds are endangered. herons . beautiful birds can be found in Chicago throughout the year.

” Luis Munoz. They provide clues to scientists about the health of the environment for all of us. 3 . particularly May and September. others need shrubs and flowers. gardens. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME. As they fly north along the Mississippi flyway. Why are they in Chicago? The green spaces in Chicago are very important to them.” Among his favorite birds is the short-eared owl. Nesting birds use the greenery of every neighborhood and a few learn to use man-made structures. wetlands. I see a lot more rabbits – and a lot more hawks chasing them. Birds are a part of the natural web of life. These birds need us–to provide sustenance and shelter on their journey and to protect their nesting grounds. “Now that the Park District has allowed taller vegetation to grow up at Montrose Point. Why is this important? Making our city a healthy place for birds improves our quality of life. The city has a lot more variety than cornfields. “IF I COULDN’T WATCH BIRDS TO RELAX.Where? Just on the very outskirts of town? Everywhere. His buddies at the station house used to joke about it – but now. In your local park. Their habitats make our city more beautiful. a bird of wide-open prairie. right here in the city. which stops here to hunt for a day or two on migration. About seven million birds pass through every year. beats the stress by going to Montrose Point and enjoying nature. Chicago police detective. During some months. prairies and wooded neighborhoods of Chicago. birds are squeezed between Lake Michigan to our east and open farmland to our west and south. They search for food and shelter wherever they can find it. Everywhere there are trees. birds blanket the city as they stop to rest on their migratory journeys. Some birds need trees. like the peregrine falcons that nest on skyscrapers in the Loop. there are a few fine birds right outside your window. Wherever you live and work. Pondering birds’ behavior connects us with the mystery and power of the natural world. birds find what they need right here in the parks. And we need them. In every neighborhood with flower gardens. To re-fuel on migration. more often. they’re asking him to identify some unusual birds they’ve seen.

Ponds and lagoons. with some woodland. upland sandpiper. Lake Michigan provides food for many species of diving ducks and gulls in winter. grebes and egrets are some other wetland birds. robin and mourning dove. Right in the city’s wetlands. gulls. In spring and fall. Wetlands The Calumet area contains some of the marshes that once covered much of Chicago. migration in lakefront parks can be spectacular. and different bird species are common. But the birds of the forest. Today there are no sizeable prairies in Chicago. Wilson’s phalarope and short-eared owl were common then. Prairie birds like the bobolink. Ducks.Chicago…habitat for wildlife and people L ess than 200 years ago. oak woodland LIITA FORSYTH kingfishers . you may hear the deep “ungk-a-chunk” call of the American bittern or the gurgling of the marsh wren. rails. In the spring and summer. Many of them once lived in the brushy edges between prairie and woods. Perhaps you’ll see the endangered blackcrowned night-heron. Chicago was mostly prairie and wetland. so these birds only pass through. they nest and raise young. river and beach. such as those in a local park. The cardinal. 4 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . and over 100 different kinds of birds can sometimes be found in a day. shorebirds . prairie and marsh still live in protected areas on the outskirts of our city. herons and ducks can be found. At the Chicago River. for example. have some of the same birds as other wetlands but in smaller numbers. Chicago has a different landscape now.

city streets: all have plantings that may be used by birds. When she is observing nature. and at North Park Village Nature Center. Common birds nest in parks and yards – cardinals in dense shrubbery.Woodlands and savannas In the city’s forest preserves. avid birder Joe Lill. a white-throated sparrow scratching in any weedy spot. House sparrows and starlings also like to nest in man-made nooks and crannies. the pigeon. You don’t have to go to Canada. These woods fill with migrants in the spring and fall. She was one of the first to spot a coyote at the nature center. migrants blanket the city and make the most of every bit of green. you may find a very noisy hole in a tree–the nest of one of our five local woodpecker species.” 5 . A kinglet or warbler may be found in any bush. Her reward is interesting sightings – such as a migrating redstart. she works hard at being patient. I love to show this to my family and others. has taken her and brother Jacob to the nature center since they were in baby backpacks. Says Joe: “People are so surprised by the birds you can see in American redstart DAVID ATHANS City neighborhoods Parks. our city. The Cooper’s hawk . “I LOVE NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER BECAUSE IT HAS A VARIETY OF HABITATS. I’m amazed at how much I didn’t see the first 30 years of my life. which Caitlin called “the butterfly warbler” when she was younger. During the summer. mournful sounding peewees and sky-dancing woodcocks are some other birds that nest in Chicago’s open woodlands.” Birding is a satisfying pastime for Caitlin Lill of Norwood Park. During spring and fall. house wrens in bird houses and mourning doves in trees. Even Chicago’s skyscrapers have birds: two species that traditionally nest on cliffs – the peregrine falcon (our Official City Bird) and one of its favorite foods. Her father. nests here as well. before I began watching birds. just removed from the endangered list due to its successful comeback. some of our original oak woodlands remain. yards. Bright blue indigo buntings .

Keep them away by being careful about where you put dog food.Plant a good variety. Birds evolved with our native plants. 6 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y .Plant local native species. 3 . They eat birds’ eggs and nestlings (baby birds). Don’t use “broad spectrum” insecticides or fertilizer/pesticide combinations. Some horticultural species also make good habitat.Get natural. 5 . Don’t be too neat. Make a little brush pile of fallen limbs. Choose a mix of plants that will offer food sources throughout the seasons. 6 . and know how to use them for shelter and food.Keep predators in balance. crows and squirrels. Let the leaves stay under your shrubs and trees. compost heaps or even birdseed. Each layer supports different bird species. • • tall canopy trees shorter understory trees • shrubs • groundcover of flowers and grasses 2 . Don’t feed raccoons. Insecticides kill beneficial insects that birds eat and may affect birds’ health.How can I welcome birds into my neighborhood? Plan a wildlife garden — follow these simple steps: 1 .Limit pesticide use. Birds find food in all these places. opossums.Use layers of plants with different heights to create a varied structure. And remember to keep a lid on your garbage. Leave dead stalks with seeds on them standing through the winter. downy woodpecker DENIS KANIA 4 . Planting a good variety of natives is an excellent way to recreate the conditions these birds need.

Cover window with spray starch to reduce reflections. 7 . refuel and head out again. Cats with bells and well-fed cats DO kill birds. especially during migration. Large. try one of these solutions during the migration season: song sparrow WALTER MARCISZ • • • • • • Cover windows with netting or hang ribbons or other material in strips on the outside. Draw drapes and close blinds during migration.. Place bird feeders less than one yard or more than three yards away from the window. Keep your cat indoors. If you have a window like this.S. Moving images deter birds more effectively. Modify dangerous windows. reflective windows often trick and kill or injure birds.Birds need your help. Hang hawk silhouettes of aluminum or wood. 2. cats kill hundreds of millions of birds a year. They may see reflected trees or the windows may be so clear that they think they can fly through. when they are tired and hungry and simply need to rest. Protect birds from hazards 1. When installing new windows. angle them downward or use tinted windows or exterior blinds. Across the U.

Those with large seeds will often have chickadees and goldfinches hanging from the seed heads. There are many good books about plants that attract wildlife. little bluestem 8 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . Oaks and elms in particular are important to insect-eating warblers in spring.Which plants attract birds? T o see a lot of different birds. like cherries . Some trees that flower in May. fill with warblers and orioles. such as columbine or jewelweed . Flowers provide nectar. Be sure to choose plants that will survive our cold winters and hot summers. Short prairie grasses like little bluestem are other favorites. Hummingbirds like orange or red tubular flowers. See the resource guide on pages 16-18 for more ideas and assistance. Grasses and wildflowers provide seeds. spicebush and virginia creeper provide berries in the fall. and that leaf out at different times. plant a lot of different plants! Choose plants that will produce flowers. Some woody plants such as hawthorn. The composite family – those with daisy-like flowers such as sunflowers– are well used by birds. cardinal LESLIE DECOURCEY Shrubs and trees host caterpillars and other insects. Dense shrubs and small trees are favorite places for hidden nests. favorite foods of migrants and baby birds. seeds and fruit across the seasons.

like red-winged blackbirds. He read everything he could get his hands on about landscaping for wildlife.” Wildlife and nature have fascinated 15year-old Blake Lenoir since grade school. crabapple.“I WANT THESE BIRDS TO BE HEALTHY AND TO PROTECT THEM FOR THE FUTURE. His favorite is the cardinal. song sparrows and house finches. He likes to sit and watch the birds that come to his feeder. black-eyed susan. and a bird feeder. purple coneflower. he began to transform his South Chicago backyard into a wildlife sanctuary. native wildflowers. and sand cherry. Some plants from Blake’s garden: false sunflower. Three years ago. blazing star. 9 . viburnum. and then spent his allowance on over a dozen shrubs. inkberry.

“These birds might have come a thousand miles or have a thousand miles to go — they hit a building here and it’s all over for them. Birds often become confused by skyscraper lights and crash into buildings. safer skyline in spring and fall. His most amazing sighting was a yellow rail (a secretive. But this is something that makes a difference right here. “We may need to help save the rainforest too.attorney Ken Wysocki and you’re seeing birds everywhere.” Lights Out! Chicago is the first U. Now we have a subdued.S.” Ken yellow rail DENIS KANIA provided information for the Mayor’s Wildlife and Nature Committee’s “Lights Out!” program. rare marsh bird) under a parked car in the Loop near Wells and Monroe Streets. 10 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . city to dim bright lights on skyscrapers during migration season to protect birds. Concerned building owners and managers responded to the call to dim their lights during migration season – saving “A FLOCK OF WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS SPENDS A FEW FALL DAYS IN THIS PARKING LOT … the peregrine falcon hangs out on this corner.” Walk through the Loop with thousands of birds.

u Mallard u Canada goose u Ring-billed gull u Pigeon (also called rock dove) u Mourning dove u Downy woodpecker u American crow u Blue jay u European starling u Black-capped chickadee u Northern cardinal u House finch u House sparrow u Black-crowned night-heron – marsh u Great blue heron – marsh u Killdeer – patch of gravel u Belted kingfisher – river bank u Common nighthawk – flat roof u Chimney swift – chimney!! u Northern flicker – hole in tree u Barn swallow – under a bridge u Eastern kingbird – evergreen tree u House wren – backyard birdhouse u Red-winged blackbird – wet spot in a park u Diving ducks (for example. see page 16. Challenge #3: Visit some of the spots on the map (pg. Challenge #1: See how many of these year-round resident birds you can find on a walk through neighborhood streets and parks. You’ll need a field guide – from a library or bookstore. Challenge #2: See how many of these local nesting birds you can find in one summer. at different times of the year: • • • • YEAR ROUND RESIDENTS SUMMER NESTERS SPRING AND FALL MIGRANTS WINTER VISITORS H ere are three challenges to encourage you to experience the amazing variety of Chicago’s birds.12) to find examples of these types of spring and fall migrants.Venture Out into the Wilds of Chicago Over 300 different kinds of birds can be found in Chicago. mergansers) u Sandpipers u Hawks u Kinglets u Thrushes u Warblers u Flycatchers u Sparrows 11 u Indigo bunting – woods u Song sparrow – shrubs near water . Binoculars will help you identify and enjoy birds. You may want to note the date and place you find each bird. To order a checklist of all Chicago’s birds.

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S C R E E C H O W L . Check the Chicago River at Bubbly Creek along South Ashland or the turning basin near Diversey. The “dawn chorus” will grow in volume and variety as the spring – and the migrants – begin to arrive. 14 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . Red-winged blackbirds return to parks. with warblers. Listen for local resident birds like the cardinal. SEPTEMBER Migration happens in or-ree” call of the goldfinch over a field signal that our season’s latest-nesting bird is starting to breed. Swallows mass at Montrose Point. Late in the month. JULY The deep looping flight and “per-chick- for birds. mourning dove and house finch to begin singing. like the tiny screech owl. some of the first fall migrants come through. temporarily earthbound as they grow new flight feathers. B E LT E D K I N G F I S H E R . flocks of nighthawks soar south along the lakefront. M E A D O W L A R K . Great flocks of sandhill cranes AUGUST Fall comes early bugle overhead. P I N E W A R B L E R . Watch for large flocks overhead at the lakefront in the mornings – you might see a meadowlark with them. Watch at dusk for scores of chimney swifts vanishing into a tall chimney to roost. This is a great time to visit one of the Chicago Park District’s bird sanctuaries like the Paul H. B A R N S W A L L O W S . blackbirds fill the wetlands. Towhees scratch in dead leaves. The fluttering courtship flight of the woodcocks can be seen in natural areas such as Bunker Hill Forest Preserve. Douglas Nature Sanctuary Island (see map). They are fattening up for the difficult migration ahead. vireos and thrushes leading the other landbirds. . . herons fan out into ponds and rivers. MARCH Migration begins in earnest. the Lake Calumet area or the lakefront. Ducks molt into a special drab “eclipse” plumage this month and hide. battle the cold for survival.Chicago’s year in birds JANUARY Winter ducks like the goldeneye and merganser and unusual gulls from the north can be found in open water. H E R R I N G G U L L . . On cold early September nights the bell-like notes of thrushes fill the at Wooded young to fly. As other adult birds are teaching their reverse. shorebirds heading south can be found in local wetlands from July first onward. FEBRUARY Birds that winter here. K I L L D E E R .

thrushes. kinglets. swans. Watch a barn swallow build its mud nest under a bridge. tanagers. PIED-BILLED GREBE. Listen for their tiny “chip” calls overhead at night and observe their bright colors and varied songs in parks and gardens everywhere. Loons. OCTOBER Sparrows. AMERICAN KESTREL. NOVEMBER Winter diving ducks return to the lake.APRIL More migrants arrive: kinglets. and juncos and tree sparrows show up in yards and parks. hawks. hummingbirds and many more. Marshes fill with dabbling ducks. DOWNY WOODPECKER 15 . Eighteen species of native sparrow rummage under plantings in places like Grant Park. flickers. and dried fruit on shrubs and trees are the main food of most small birds in winter. creepers. phoebes and others show up in every available green space. JUNE The last few migrants dribble through. Rarities show up often in this month but most migrants have passed through. sapsuckers and others are accompanied south by a stream of hawks and falcons who prey on them. chasing and nest building by our resident birds. Herons build their rookeries along 122nd St west of Torrence and in Lake Calumet’s Big Marsh. Twenty-six species of ducks can be found in bodies of water. owls and kingfishers fly north along the lakefront. and summer residents are busy making nests. DECEMBER Seeds of grasses and wildflowers. laying eggs and gathering food for their young. cuckoos. SPRING WARBLERS. May is the peak of mating displays. creepers. MAY Migrants from the tropics pour through the city – warblers. This is a great time to quietly observe a nest by watching where a bird brings the food it collects for its young. orioles. COMMON GOLDENEYE & RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.

and Lake Michigan shoreline protection. It holds regular bird walks: North Park Village Saturdays in April. Wooded Island (meet at the bridge on the other side of the lagoon behind the Museum of Science and Industry) .December. April . plants. September and October. Pulaski Road.chicagobirder. May. Thursday and Sunday in April. DOE’S NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER 5801 N. 7 am. September.cityofchicago. 16 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . Nature Chicago Hotline: (312) 744-1821. www. BIRD CLUBS Bird clubs present informative programs.org/chapter/il/chicago CAS sells a checklist of the birds of Chicago. Weekly from mid-March to midJune and from mid-August to mid-November. Every Tuesday. CHICAGO AUDUBON SOCIETY (773) 539-6793. LOCAL CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT (312) 744-7606. www.Saturdays. north of Fullerton) on Wednesday mornings at 7 am. barn swallows LESLIE DeCOURCEY FORT DEARBORN CHAPTER OF THE ILLINOIS AUDUBON SOCIETY (847) 675-3622 Fort Dearborn has led regular bird walks for 24 years at Lincoln Park Zoo. CHICAGO ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (COS) (312) 409-9678. May. and other natural resources through environmental education and access to natural landscapes.wetlands and prairies .Join the Flock! T he organizations that protect birds and educate people about them are as diverse as the types of birds that pass through our City. Meet at 8:30 am in front of the birdhouse. Non-members and beginners are always welcome. 8 am and Wednesdays.org COS leads regular bird walks at North Pond (west of Cannon Drive.org/environment The Department of Environment (DOE) is responsible for the rehabilitation of Chicago’s natural areas . October from 810 am. Chicago. www. publish newsletters and conduct birding field trips throughout the year. The Chicago chapter of the Wild Ones natural gardeners meets here. April-December. (312) 744-5472 The City’s North Park Village Nature Center provides urban citizens with an opportunity to interact with wildlife.audubon.

Illinois Ornithological Society publishes Meadowlark. try A Birder’s Guide to the Chicago Region by Lynne Carpenter and Joel Greenberg (Northern Illinois University Press. Their teacher. libraries and museum gift shops contain field guides and books about local nature and landscaping for birds and wildlife. If you are purchasing your first field guide. which runs behind their school. www. Sue Friscia. butterflies and insects. Carver Primary in Altgeld Gardens.org/ios “IT’S SO BIG!” Stephen Gordon.CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT (312) 742-PLAY.chias.org The Chicago Academy of Science’s Museum specializes in the ecology and natural history of the Midwest. you have many good choices. FIELD MUSEUM (312) 665-7909. www. www.habitatproject. Lake Forest.chias. and community stewardship of bird habitat throughout the Chicago region. Sue great blue heron DAVID ATHANS dreams of some day putting in a wetland trail and a woodland trail for the school community to enjoy.org Projects include bird (and frog and plant and butterfly) monitoring. ecology and conservation. Melvin Pearson and Derryan Ryce are observing a great blue heron flying along the Little Calumet River.iit. www. small mammals and aquatic animals. Fredricka Jones. From wildlife gardens in neighborhood parks to nature sanctuaries around the larger lagoons. She convinced the owner of these 20 garbage-filled and neglected acres to donate the land to the school and has introduced hundreds of kids to the rich bird life found here in a remnant of the once-great wetlands of the Calumet area.org The Field Museum is an international center for public learning and scientific study of the world’s diverse environments and cultures. THE PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM (773) 871-2668. identification. PRINT AND ELECTRONIC RESOURCES Bookstores. Fisher and David B. Landscaping guidelines and plant lists available. they provide a window to the natural world.fmnh. If you want to travel a bit beyond city boundaries. Come explore. such as Peterson.chicagoparkdistrict. Illinois.edu/~cos/BCN A coalition of 17 Chicago area birding organizations which promotes the conservation of bird habitat in our region. Volunteers are needed to monitor bird populations and to advocate for improved habitat. Last year. Johnson (Lone Pine Publishers. You may want to check out field guides that specialize in the birds of the eastern states. www. www. Canada. a journal of Illinois bird distribution. IL 60045. a free flyer about Chicago’s 20 most common birds. Box 931. combines her love of birds with encouraging activities for her students. with an outstanding collection of birds. contact Openlands Project at (312) 427-4256. BIRD CONSERVATION NETWORK (847) 965-1150. the kids found a rare yellow-crowned night heron in a big puddle full of old tires. 17 . 1998). DeKalb. AUDUBON OF THE CHICAGO REGION (847) 965-1150. 1999). PO. To receive Big City Birds. There are many excellent tapes and CDs which can help you to learn birds’ songs and calls. One great resource for beginners is Birds of Chicago by Chris C. National Audubon Society or Stokes.com Our parks are home to a surprising variety of birds.

bobolink LIITA FORSYTH 18 B I R D S O F T H E W I N D Y C I T Y . BCNnet is a great information source about local conservation issues and bird ecology. www. the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Barrington and the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee. (847) 965-9253.abcbirds.Chicago WILDERNESS is a quarterly magazine full of handy tips on places to go.org You can certify your backyard habitat by contacting the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program: National Wildlife Federation. Washington. information and inspiration about Chicago area nature. a collaboration of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Audubon. things to see and do.gov/greenacres is the local EPA site on native landscaping and a great place to start.gov. 20036. BIRDING: Urs Geiser’s Illinois and Chicago Net-Birding at http://home.chicagowildernessmag.birdsource.org/cats/catsindoors.org. events and birding organizations in the area. see the COS website (pg. 1400 16th Ave N. see the BCN web page (pg. IBET has lively discussions about bird sightings. the USDI Fish and Wildlife Service site.nwf.epa. such as the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project FeederWatch. Good brochures about which plants to use in our area when landscaping for wildlife are published by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.com/~ugeiser/Birds/Birding.xnet. www.htm WEB SITES AND LISTSERVES: LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE: www. 16) to join. It’s complete and has good links.W. Another good resource is The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens by Robert Burton and Stephen W. www. has research projects that citizens can get involved in.fws.org. Kress. www. has practical information about birds and bird habitat. E-MAIL LISTSERVES: There are two listserves for Chicago area birders. behavior and identification.C. 17). D. (202) 797-6800.html has information about birds. KEEPING CATS INDOORS: www.

Daley and the U. 2000 by the City of Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. The treaty provisions were planned and implemented by the following partners: American Bird Conservancy Audubon of the Chicago Region Bird Conservation Network Brookfield Zoo Chicago Academy of Sciences Chicago Audubon Society Chicago Ornithological Society Chicago Park District Chicago Public Library City of Chicago Department of Environment Field Museum of Natural History Fort Dearborn Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society Friends of the Chicago River Friends of the Parks Illinois Natural History Survey Jackson Park Advisory Council Lakeview Citizens’ Council Lincoln Park Advisory Council Lincoln Park Zoo Mayor’s Landscape Executive Task Force Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission Openlands Project The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum South Shore Advisory Council The Nature Conservancy USDI Fish and Wildlife Service . programs and habitats for Chicago’s migratory birds. The treaty provides for new policies.S.THE URBAN CONSERVATI0N TREATY FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS was signed on March 25. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Director Jamie Rappaport Clark.

Chicago Ornithological Society FUNDING for this publication was provided by the USDI Fish and Wildlife Service through the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds. Chicago Wilderness. Audubon of the Chicago Region DESIGNED by Liita Forsyth. Debra Shore. Denis Kania. Sheryl De Vore. Bird Conservation Network. Mayor Daley’s Landscape Advisory Task Force. A Journal of Illinois Birds with permission from the Illinois Ornithological Society MAP by Mark Linday INTERIOR PHOTOS by Liita Forsyth ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS For generously providing resources and suggestions: Alan Anderson. Chicago Audubon Society. Terry Schilling. Geoff Williamson.WRITTEN by Judy Pollock. Walter Marcisz and Brian Willis are reproduced from Meadowlark. Meadowlark. Leslie DeCourcey. . Nature and Wildlife Committee. Wintertree Design & Illustration EDITED by members of the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds partnership ILLUSTRATIONS by local birders David Athans.

.J O H N F I T Z PAT R I C K downy woodpecker DENIS KANIA American kestrel DENIS KANIA killdeer BRIAN WILLIS .B i r d s a r e n a t u r e ’ s v o i c e t o h u m a n s.

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