Audubon Chicago Region

Where birds thrive, people prosper

Photo: Camilla Cerea / Audubon

This principle drives Audubon’s work to create practical and powerful conservation solutions for birds and for local communities. A regional office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Chicago Region manages conservation work with a reach that includes 10 chapters, nearly 15,000 active Audubon members, and 91 Important Bird Areas comprising over 800,000 acres. We protect and improve habitat critical for birds during their migration and nesting cycles, we build networks of volunteers and advocates for the natural environment, and we save the lives of tens of thousands of birds by advocating for policies such as Lights Out Chicago. 

Within the National Audubon Society’s network, Audubon Chicago Region is viewed as a leader in building communities of citizen scientists and conservationists that take the lead in advocating for and managing the ecosystems that birds need to thrive. The Chicago metropolitan region includes surprisingly diverse, high-quality ecosystems that support a wide range of bird species. Our goals are achieved by staff skilled in local ecological knowledge, working in concert with a network of dedicated volunteers and a team of restoration interns.

How a Greener Church Benefits People and the Planet
Bird-Friendly Communities

How a Greener Church Benefits People and the Planet

In Illinois, the nonprofit Faith in Place is spreading the environmental gospel to churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.

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Conservation
Conservation

Conservation

Audubon Chicago Region strives to conserve and restore the habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds.

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Climate Change
Climate

Climate Change

Climate Change is the number one threat to North American birds.

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Bird-Friendly Communities
Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Everyone can help make their community bird-friendly.

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Education & Engagement
Education

Education Programs

Learn about our education and engagement programs.

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Wild Indigo Nature Explorations
Urban Conservation

Wild Indigo Nature Explorations

Free field trips and indoor programming at Cook County Forest Preserves.

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Birds
Birds

Birds & Birding

Learn birding basics or add to your knowledge about birds and their habitat.

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Citizen Science
Citizen Science

Be a Citizen Scientist

Take your love of the outdoors to the next level. Get involved with restoration and bird monitoring activities.

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Get Involved
Get Involved

Get Involved

Join local outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists in you area.

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Ways You Can Help