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The diverse habitats of Illinois—savannas, rivers, marshes, forests, and beaches—offer a home for hundreds of types of birds throughout the year. And as one of the important "flyover states," Illinois welcomes hundreds of species of migrating birds during the spring and fall. From the shores of Lake Michigan in the north to the central Great Plains to the magnificent Shawnee National Forest, Illinois is a magnificent state for birds and birders. Written by a third-generation Illinoisan birder and filled with over 500 color images of birds in native habitats, this is the perfect companion for anyone interested in learning about the natural history and diversity of the state's birds and when and where to find them.
About the Author
Michael L. P. Retter was raised by three previous generations of central Illinoisans to have a deep appreciation for nature and in 2002 received a B.A. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University. He currently serves as Chair of the Indiana Bird Records Committee and helps review eBird records from Illinois and Indiana. He is editor of the ABA's Birder's Guide Magazine. Brian E. Small has been a full-time, professional bird and nature photographer for more than 25 years. He served as the Photo Editor for the American Birding Association's membership magazine, Birding, for the past 15 years. Brian lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ana, daughter Nicole and son Tyler.