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Local Birdwatchers

Using the Birdingpal resources you must agree to the following: If you contact a local Birdingpal and make arrangement to go birding, you should note it is common courtesy to make sure you show up for the appointment. If for any reason you are unable to do this, the least you must do is contacting the local Pal right away.
Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.
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Initial Last Name Area Available Language

D Hewett Belleville, IL Evenings and weekends. English
I enjoy birding, and I enjoy birding with others. I am an intermediate birder as there are those who know their birds much better. But I can get you to the right places to see birds.

I can also break away for a few hours usually.
Silver Creek Nature Preserve, Horseshoe Lake State Park, Rock Springs Municipal

Area Birds:
Indigo Buntings, all the normal regulars
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, beach, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, train, car, biking, long walk, Visit: tourist site, museum, monument, arboretum, tech Attend: concert, theatre, live music, sports event, auction

M Winks Bloomington Weekend English
K Wright Bureau Anytime English
I am a very enthusiastic nature lover, especially when it comes to the critters. Where I live (Central Illinois) is just packed with wildlife and tons of our feathered friends. The Bald Eagle is flurishing just about 10 miles from my home.
S Woolbright Champaign Anytime English
K Wright Canton Anytime English
J Aufmann Cary Weekends English
I lead local bird walks for both experienced and beginner birders. I am also available for birding by kayak on local rivers.

S Boskovich Chicago, IL anytime or as arranged English
Semi-retired novice birdwatcher. Check Illinois Ornithological Society field checklist Area:
Montrose Harbor, Cook and DuPage Counties; Suburban and Forest Preserves

Area Birds:
Nature: birdwatching, photography
S Burckhardt Chicago Anytime English, German, French
Sam Burckhardt is a musician, living in Chicago, and traveling on tour to Europe and elsewhere, twice a year. I was introduced to birds by my father and have started to become more serious about birding in 1999.
Visit my website
A Ayyash Chicago Anytime English, Arabic
I do most of my birding in the Chicago area but have a keen interest in gulls and owls.
P Costoff Crystal Lake Weekend English, Spanish
K Baird Elsah Anytime English
J Mountjoy Galesburg Weekend English, very limited French, worse Kiswahili
Avid birder and ornithologist; more readily available in summer; area has Eurasian Tree Sparrow, scarce Smith's Longspur in migration, good diversity of midwestern species.
J Hertz Kankakee Anytime English
S Laws Lockport Anytime English, Spanish (Read Only)
Midwest-Cardinals, Blue Jays, Golden Finches, Hummingbirds, Sparrows, Hawks, Crows, Robins.
J Mitchell Mapleton Anytime English
We live near the Illinois River valley and also on a small lake that draws several species of water fowl and songbirds. We have many eagles in the area during the winter months. My husband and I enjoy birding all over the United States. I was Birder of the Year in 2000 with WildBird Magazine and enjoy meeting other birders.
B Chrysler Martinsville Anytime English
M Wilson Mt. Carmel Weekend English
S Kulkarni Naperville Weekend English
Hobbyist. Started birding in 2012.
P Olander Palatine (Chicago) Anytime English, French, Romanian
R Adams Pleasant Hill Anytime English
Excellent birding in the wetlands and riverine systems and adjacent uplands of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Thanks for posting me on birdingpal. I live about 80 miles north of St. Louis, Mo and bird from the Riverlands project at Alton to the Ted Shanks Wildlife Management Area on the Mississippi River and to the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge on the Illinois River. I am a retired wildlife biologist and refuge manager and have birded in Africa, China, and central and south America.
P Weber Rochester Anytime English
D Holschuh Rock Falls Weekend English
I've been a birder for about 5 years and have become very familiar with all the great spots in Eastern Whiteside Countie and Western Lee Countie.
E Callaway Rockford Weekend English
B Schaefer Round Lake Beach Weekend English
I live very close to Rollins Savanna, Grant Woods, and a fair number of other birding sites. I know the Lake County, IL area fairly well.
G Schuetz Venedy Anytime English
I live next to the Kaskaskia River Macrosite which is 40 miles southeast of St Louis, Mo.

Local wildlife photographers

Birdingpal wildlife photographers, like Pals, do not get paid. So should he/she offer to take you out using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
N Kopp Carpentersville Anytime English
I am an advanced? beginning birder and photographer. I travel the US on bird trips and belong to local clubs.
K Massiglia Belleville Anytime English
I'm a photographer and spend quite a bit of time exploring the wildlfe areas in Illinois (south and southwest) and eastern Missouri (Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton) searching for birds (and other wildlife) to observe and photograph. I'd be happy to show visiting birders around this area (southern Illinois) or to meet other birders who live here and explore together.
J Orlinsky Fox Lake area Anytime English
Long time birders, my wife and I also enjoy nature photography and canoeing. We are Audubon members and lead bird walks for the Volo Bog State Natural area. Most of our local birding is in Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties. If I don't respond quickly, we may be on an extended trip.

Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

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Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Illinois
Local weather Yahoo
Champaign County Audubon Society Club
Chicago Ornithological Society Club
Chicago Audubon Society Club
Decatur Audubon Society Club
Emiquon Audubon Society Club
John Wesley Powell Audubon Society Club
Lake County Audubon Society Club
Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Club
Peoria Audubon Society Club
Prairie Woods Audubon Society Club
Sinnissippi Audubon Society Club
Thorn Creek Audubon Society Club
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