From those that frequent the rarest ecosystems to those that congregate in local backyards, DuPage County’s resident and migrant birds are truly fascinating members of the forest preserves’ fauna.

2010 Breeding Bird Population Trend Analysis

In 1997 the Forest Preserve District initiated a volunteer program to monitor populations of breeding birds. The goal was to analyze trends and to prioritize habitat-management efforts that could help declining species.

Birds of Prey

The nonscientific term “birds of prey” applies to several families whose members have exceptional vision for locating prey while in flight and strong talons and hooked upper beaks for handling prey once they find it.

Breeding Birds

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County works with volunteers to survey for breeding birds.

Early-Breeding And Migrating Birds

While most native songbirds wait until late spring and early summer to find mates and build their nests, a few get their start in early spring.

Marsh Birds

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has surveyed 23 wetlands in 14 preserves for more than 30 species of marsh birds.

Overwintering Birds

January is when you will see overwintering and migrating birds in search of food.

Seven Tips On Bird Identification

District Naturalist Ron Skleney lists some tips on bird identification based on a guide written by Kevin Karlson titled "Birding By Impression."


Waterfowl are birds that live in and around lakes, ponds and wetlands, such as ducks, geese and swans. Most eat grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, small amphibians and worms.


Five species of woodpeckers live in DuPage County year-round: the downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens), red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus), hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus), red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus ) and northern flicker (Colaptes auratus).
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