1st Annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium


In conjunction with Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Illinois Young Birders is excited to announce our inaugural Young Birder Symposium on Saturday, August 27th. Join us for a day of birding, presentations by young birders and professionals, and art at Brushwood Center located in the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, Illinois.

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CARLYLE PELAGIC – September 10, 2016

IOS is pleased to announce this year’s Carlyle Lake Field Trip to be held, Saturday, September 10th, 2016. This trip includes the popular three-hour pelagic aboard comfortable pontoon boats.

Sabine's Gull by Barbara Williams

Sabine’s Gull by Barbara Williams

As in past years, we’ll meet at McDonald’s off IL 127 in Carlyle at 6:30 AM. This is a full-day field trip, ending around 7:30. We’ll begin with a scan of the lake from Dam West Beach before heading to Eldon Hazlet State Park to search for migrant songbirds. We’ll bird the Hazlet area all morning before breaking for lunch. Lunch will be fast food or bring your own. We’ll gather at the Dam West picnic area where we’ll be able to search for more birds from the excellent shade provided.

After lunch, depending on water levels, we’ll search for shorebirds and waders.


The boat trip begins at 3:30 from Dam West Marina. The late afternoon/early evening hours can be excellent for feeding gulls, terns and others. We hope to find SABINE’S GULL which has eluded us on the past 3 field trips! It’s also possible to tally RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, EARED and PIED-BILLED GREBES, 5 or 6 Gull species and potentially any of the 3 JAEGER species!

Bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, mud boots and your hat.

Those planning on staying Saturday night may wish to join us for a group dinner at a nearby restaurant. Recommended hotels are available in Carlyle, Greenville, Salem and Vandalia.

There is a fee associated with this field trip to cover the costs of pontoon rental and gasoline. In addition, $5 per participant goes to the IOS Grants program. The fee is $30 for existing IOS members and $50 for non-IOS members. The $50 fee for non-members registers you for the field trip and also pays for a one-year IOS membership and all the benefits, including 4 issues of the outstanding IOS journal, the Meadowlark.

This field trip is limited to 45 participants with IOS members receiving first priority. Trip registration and payment shall be made through the Pay Pal feature on the IOS website (below) if at all possible. Registration will not be accepted without full payment in advance. The trip leader is not accepting payment or registrations.

Persons not using the website and Pay Pal must promptly register by sending full payment to IOS , P.O. Box 931, Lake Forest, IL 60045 and note that the payment is for “Carlyle Pelagic” AND call or e-mail the trip leader (see below) to notify their payment has been mailed.

This trip is very popular and will fill up fast. IOS will not make refunds but will allow substitutes if you sign up for the trip and cannot attend. It will be your responsibility to notify the trip leader of your substitute. If you cannot provide a substitute, the trip leader will take the 1st name on the waiting list.

If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to contact the trip leader at warbler7@sbcglobal.net or by phone (618) 560-9450.

 Registration and Payment


Rare Bird Alert – 6-Jul-2016

RUFF: Fulton County (Central) – A Ruff was found on 5-Jul-2016 by Kevin Richmond at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, South Globe in Waterford Township. It was originally viewed from a parking lot off County Rd. 9.


Rare Bird Alert – 28-Apr-2016

TOWNSEND’S WARBLER: Cook County (North) – A Townsend’s Warbler was found on 28-Apr-2016 by Matthew Cvetas at Millennium Park in Chicago. The warbler has been seen most of the day along the promenade that cuts north-south through the park between Pritzker Pavilion and Cloud Gate. A map of the area can be found at the

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Rare Bird Alert – 14-Apr-2016

TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE: Kendall County (North) – A Townsend’s Solitaire was first photographed at the Cedar Ridge Youth Campground area of Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville, Kendall County, on 9-Apr-2016 by Ryan Jones and has been reported every day since. You can find a map of the location at the link.


Visit the 2015 Listers Corner

The 2015 Listers Corner is now ready for viewing in the Publications section of our Web site! Special thanks to committee members, Joe Lill, Jim Mountjoy and Mike Madsen, for all their help and their willingness to discuss the smallest detail; to Greg Neise, IOS Webmaster, who updated the site, and to all the birders,

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IOS 2016 Awards

The Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS) is very pleased to announce the presentation of the following 2016 awards recognizing individuals for their distinguished service and contributions to IOS and/or Illinois Birding:


Sue Friscia was presented with a cardinal carving for her many years administering the Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts (IBET) listserv.

Bob Fisher was presented

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IOS Spring Birding Weekend: April 22-24

Rend Lake Resort at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park in S. Illinois

Rend Lake, in Franklin and & Jefferson Counties, one of the biggest reservoirs in Illinois, is designated as an Important Bird Area of Illinois. The lake hosts numerous waterbirds, such as herons, cormorants, and gulls, plus the state park on its eastern shore provides

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Gull Frolic 2016

The 15th Annual IOS Gull Frolic was a great time yesterday. Birders from all around our state (and beyond) were in attendance. It was a frigid day, but despite that, members were out in full force on the board walk, checking off all of our winter gull species (10 Thayer’s, 3 Iceland, 3 Glaucous, 4

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Rare Bird Alert – 5-Feb-2016

GYRFALCON: McClean County (Central) – A Gyrfalcon was photographed near Colfax, McClean County, yesterday by Mabel Lux! It was found south of E 2450 North Rd on N 3200 East Rd. You can find a map of the location at the link.