New Book - " Illinois Birds: A Century of Change"

From the IL DNR...

Fish and Wildlife Service and Illinois DNR Applaud Release of Illinois Birds: A Century of Change

The Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) applaud the release of the Illinois Natural History Survey's Illinois Birds: A Century of Change, a publication summarizing changes to bird populations and habitats across the state of Illinois over the past century. 

From 2007-2009, the Illinois Natural History Survey, under funding provided by the Service's State Wildlife Grant Program, collected the third installment of bird data across northern, central and southern Illinois in more than a century. This most recent survey appends censuses conducted from 1906-1909 and 1956-1958 and highlights how changes in land cover, agricultural practices, pesticide use, bird behavior and climate have impacted bird populations.

"This book demonstrates the importance of investing in long-term research to provide the information needed by natural resource managers to make wise, science-based resource management decisions.  It also emphasizes the importance of public-private, and state-federal partnerships in responding to landscape scale natural resource challenges," said Marc Miller, Director of the Illinois DNR.

 "The long term data collected by these surveys provides the information necessary to evaluate changing bird distributions," said Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director of the Service. "Illinois Birds: A Century of Change is a benchmark in bird research that will inform current and future bird conservation priorities, and serve as a model for bird research across the United States. "Illinois Birds: A Century of Change is available for $25.00 plus shipping from the Illinois Natural History Survey. To reserve your copy, email

About State Wildlife Grants:

Since 2001, the State Wildlife Grant Program has provided federal grant funds to States for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats as outlined in the conservation actions and strategies of each state's Wildlife Action Plan.

State Wildlife Actions plans identify species of greatest conservation need and the habitats needed to conserve them. More information about the State Wildlife Grant Program is available at:

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