Celebrate the Birds of the Prairie State

Author: Michael L. P. Retter

Photographer: Brian E. Small

The diverse habitats of Illinois–prairies, savannas, rivers, marshes, forests, and beaches–offer a home for hundreds of types of birds throughout the year. More than just a “flyover state”, Illinois welcomes hundreds of species of migrating birds during the spring and fall. From the shores of Lake Michigan in the north to Central Plains and the magnificent Shawnee National Forest, Illinois is a magnificent state for birds and birders. Written by a third-generation Illinoisan birdwatcher and filled with over 500 color images of birds in native habitats, this is the perfect companion for anyone interested in learning about the natural history and diversity of the Prairie State’s birds–and when and where to find them.

  • 570 beautiful color photographs featuring 315 bird species in natural habitats
  • Clear and concise introduction, identification, and habitat, and birdsong text
  • Tips on when and where to see species
  • Organized by type of bird from waterfowl to finches
  • Table of birding sites and habitats
  • Complete state bird checklist, detailed state map, index, and quick index
  • Publisher: Scott & Nix, Inc.