What's New Scientists use birds to track pollution The Columbus Dispatch (7/13) Birds are providing some insight into contamination in the Great Lakes. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are observing tree swallows and monitoring levels of some toxins in their blood. If these metals and chemicals are in birds, they likely are in humans as well, researchers say.
Contamination monitored with bird blood Great Lakes Echo (5/30) Birds give the word on Great Lakes contamination under a U.S. Geological Survey program in place since 2010 that tracks environmental trends and monitors the success of chemical cleanups.
Willow ptarmigan, denizen of Arctic, spotted in NY Olean Times Herald (4/28) Birders have been gathering at the eastern shore of Lake Ontario for a rare glimpse of a willow ptarmigan, an Arctic species making what the American Birding Association calls its first recorded appearance in New York.
Tracking the prevalent local bald eagles Port Clinton News-Herald (4/2) Conservation methods and the ability of bald eagles to adapt to human development have sparked a bald eagle comeback noticeable in the Great Lakes region.
Online Guide to Indiana Birding Indiana Audubon Society This Internet-based birding guide is written by Indiana birders for birders within the state, as well as visitors. It offers interactive maps and expert advice on where to go to find target birds in Indiana.
Presqu'ile Provincial Park Ontario Parks A mecca for birdwatchers every spring and fall, this peninsula south of Brighton is a major flyway for migrating birds, home to waterfowl and shorebirds, and a staging point for Mexico-bound monarch butterflies.
Wild About Birds: A guide to Illinois Birding Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) This page contains the Illinois Birds Education Kit along with an inventory of Illinois bird species and the live action bird cam at a feeder in central Illinois.
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Provides a permanent record of the bird species breeding in Wisconsin, monitoring data, and species maps and images.
BirdCast A collaborative effort that enables anyone to track migrating birds as they move through the Mid-Atlantic region, complete with radar imagery, educational information, and the chance to record your own observations.
Birds of Fermilab Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory This page contains information about the birds recorded on the 6,800 acre site of the Fermilab accelerator laboratory located in the far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
Illinois Birds Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Includes photos, species distribution maps and information about birds found in Illinois.
Illinois Bluebird Project Illinois Audubon Society Enthusiasts located statewide who share information about the bluebird, and find out how the bluebirds are faring in all parts of Illinois.
LoonWatch Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Loonwatch promotes the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of common loons and their aquatic habitats in the Lake Superior region.
Rouge River Bird Observatory University of Michigan-Dearborn This donor-funded bird research program, established in 1992, offers an unique opportunity to explore an understudied, yet increasingly important area in ornithology: the importance of urban natural areas to resident, migrant and breeding birds.
The Raptor Center University of Minnesota An international medical facility for birds of prey, the Center's mission is to preserve biological diversity among raptors and other avian species through medical treatment, scientific investigation, education, and management of wild populations.
Wisconsin's Trumpeter Swan Fund In 1987, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with a variety of organizations and individuals, began implementing a trumpeter swan recovery plan for the state.
Events Kirtland's Warbler Festival Celebrate the gradual return of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler and its home in the Jack Pine and AuSable River ecosystem. Kirtland Community College, named for the rare bird, is the host site for the festival, eight miles north of St. Helen, Mich.