Birds of Southern Illinois

W. Douglas Robinson

All content on this site is copyright: W. Douglas Robinson, 2018, 2020, 2024

This book is intended to be a dynamic resource summarizing knowledge of birds in the seventeen southernmost counties of Illinois. Most annotated checklists are out of date by the time they are published in book form. To keep this book current, please direct correspondence to my gmail address: w.douglas.robinson

Additions, corrections, and documentary evidence are all appreciated.

About the author

W. Douglas Robinson is Professor of Wildlife Science at Oregon State University. He was awarded the Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Endowed Chair (2011-2021) and is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society. He began birding at age 10 in southern Illinois. He earned college degrees at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. After living 3 years in Panama for his dissertation studies, he worked at Auburn University as a professor before moving to Corvallis, Oregon. Interested in all aspects of bird identification, distribution and biogeography, most of his research looks at how birds live their lives and how they respond to environmental change. He also studies Citizen Science and teaches on the topic. His favorite bird is the one with feathers. For more, see 

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Some pictures are also archived in eBird.

Thanks especially to Dan Kassebaum and Keith McMullen for sharing their photos of southern Illinois birds.