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Illinois Ornithology: Home

A finding aid for Illinois Ornithology resources, historical and current, including publications of the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Birds of Illinois: Catalogue

pp. 77-85 in Wilber, C. D. Transactions of the Illinois Natural History Society, 1861.

The Ornithology of Illinois

by Robert Ridgway, first published in 1889,

Color illustration showing four birds

By the Way-Side

Newsletter of the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan Audubon Societies, 1898-1914

Alfred O. Gross and colleagues

Photo taken May 1908, published in "Half a Century Census" INHS Reports no. 14

The Passing of Our Game Birds

by Isaac E. Hess, in Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science vol. 3, 1910.

Bird Songs

Musical scores for ten Illinois bird species by Anne Wakely Jackson, from Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, vol. 12 (1919).

black and white photograph depicting a woman at left taking noes and wearing binoculars, and a man at right looking through binoculars

Jean W. and Richard Graber

Photographed August 1963 by INHS photographer Wilmer D. Zehr, published in Illinois Wildlife vol. 18(4), p. 15.

Journal cover

Meadowlark: A Journal of Illinois Birds

Published 1992 to date.  Online in the Biodiversity Heritage Library through 2014, later volumes available at Funk ACES Library

The Illinois Breeding Bird Atlas

INHS Special Publication no. 26 (2004)

Illinois Birds: A Century of Change

Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication no. 31 (2010)


A digital exhibit and guide


Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars in Illinois

An Illinois Natural History Survey volunteer-based program for statewide monitoring

About this guide

This guide includes

  • Finding aids for full text of key ornithological work by researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey and its predecessors. 
  • Links to related archival materials.
  • Links to Illinois Bird Counts and Inventories
  • Suggested field guides and sample searches to find more field guides in our library or yours
  • Recommendations for finding literature on Illinois ornithology



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