Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

INHS has over a century of data on bird populations in Illinois and beyond.  The Ornithology of Illinois Volume 1 by Ridgway and Forbes was published in 1889. 

Stephen A. Forbes and Alfred O. Gross began North America's first systematic bird survey in 1906.  This survey was repeated by Richard and Jean Graber in 1950 and by a team of INHS ornithologists from 2006-2008.  The results comparing the studies was published in 2011 as Illinois Birds - A Century of Change.

Examples of INHS Avian Ecological Research

MOON - Monitoring Of Owls and Nightjars in Illinois

Long-term monitoring of prothonotary warblers in southern Illinois

Foraging ecology of shorebirds in the Illinois River valley
Upland bird monitoring at Lost Mound
Site fidelity of grassland birds at northwest Illinois sand prairies
Loggerhead shrike habitat use at Lost Mound
Geographic patterns of blood parasites in grassland birds 
Grassland bird monitoring at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Relationships among vegetation, floristics, arthropods and grassland birds
Effects of grass height on arthropods and grassland birds
Top-down effects of grassland birds on herbivorous insects prairie forbs

Articles from INHS Reports

Cowbirds use mafia tactics and farming behavior as part of their parasitic racket (2009)

Cowbird parasitism in different habitats (1997)

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