Where to Bird in Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is a birder’s paradise. Below are a few links to help you get acquainted with some great places to find birds. We’re developing descriptions of more specific places and welcome your suggestions of locations to add. Please email us your ideas!
Cache River State Natural Area
Heron Pond, Little Black Slough, Marshall Ridge and the Lower Cache Swamp are just a few of the places to see birds in this magnificent area.
Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
Easy driving around the lake for waterfowl, plus easy walking for songbirds.
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Five established trails and obersvation platforms offer nature lovers access to the refuge.
Shawnee National Forest
Great birding can be found just about anywhere in the Shawnee National Forest. This link takes you information about some of the numerous established trails across the Forest.
War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Illinois Audubon Society sanctuary located in Pope County. Nearly 500 acres of upland forest habitat; trails open dawn to dusk every day; brochure with trail map located on back side of entrance kiosk.
Illinois Wilderness Areas
For the adventurous birder, there are seven designated Wilderness Areas in the Shawnee National Forest.