Frequently Asked Questions

We get questions. Here are some answers. Perhaps your question is answered here. If not, please send your question to us via the contact form.

If you find an injured wild bird or other wild animal, your first response is to help. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Unless you are a trained and licensed animal rehabilitator, any action you take may endanger the animal as well as yourself. Moreover, you may be in violation of Federal or state wildlife management laws.

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Below we have provided information on specific wildlife rehabilitators in Illinois. Please be sure to call these facilities for advice PRIOR to attempting a rescue!

Northern Illinois

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

The Chicago Bird Collision Monitors are an all volunteer, hands-on conservation effort for migratory birds. CBCM works to rescue birds injured from striking buildings and to mitigate the risks of bird-building collisions by educating the public and working with building managers and architects to find solutions.

Phone 773.988.1867 or  website

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation (Cook and Lake Counties)

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is a state and federally licensed facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning fully rehabilitated wildlife to its natural habitat.  Flint Creek promotes respect for wildlife and wildlife habitats through public education programs.  Flint Creek also supports efforts to repopulate endangered and threatened wildlife species.

Phone 847.842.8000 or website

Fox Valley Wildlife Center (Kane County)

The Fox Valley Wildlife Center is a private, not-for-profit organization in Elburn, Illinois, that cares for orphaned and injured wildlife. The FVWC is state and federally licensed, and is the only rehabilitation center in Kane County. They provide hospital care for wild animals with a  goal to release these animals back into the wild because they deserve a second chance.  Hours of Operation: April through September open for animal intake from 9:00am-5:00pm every day. October through March open for animal intake from 8:00am-noon every day.

Phone 847.697.2880 or website

Willowbrook Wildlife Center (DuPage County)

Willowbrook Wildlife Center is a wildlife rehabilitation and education center operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Their goal is to provide rehabilitation to native and passing migrant wildlife of DuPage county and education on the biological and ecosystems current and native to this area. They achieve these goals through their rehabilitation facilities and educational staff.  Willowbrook is open 7 days a week (closed major holidays) and phones are answered between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

Phone 630.942.6200 or website

Central Illinois

Illinois Raptor Center (Decatur)

The purpose of the Illinois Raptor Center is to ensure the well-being of native animals through wildlife rehabilitation; to increase conservation awareness through educational outreach; to contribute expertise and support to conservation partners; and to improve our understanding of wildlife health through hands on research.

Contact:  217.963.6909 or  website

Southern Illinois

TreeHouse Wildlife Center (Jersey County)

TreeHouse Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife and the educational promotion of environmental stewardship and awareness. Established in 1979, TreeHouse has been serving the southwestern Illinois community for over 30 years as a legal and professional resource for those who encounter a wild animal in need.

Phone 618.466.2990 or website




We strongly recommend you acquire a bird field guide to help you identify the birds you see. Another option is a digital application such as IBird Pro for your mobile device. If, after conducting some research you are still stumped, we may be able to help you out.

You should provide us with some detail about your observation including your informed guess about what you saw. This detail should include day, date, time of day, specific location in Illinois and habitat description where bird was observed, such as in a tree, on the ground, in water, etc.. Bird description should include color, size (compared to something, not just “big” or “small”). When possible provide color of beak, legs and other descriptive behavior.

Free Bird ID App from Cornell Lab or Ornithology – Download Merlin Here

Bald eagle mating season varies by geography. In the South it may last from late September through November. In the Great Plains and Mountain West, it may last from January through March. In Alaska it lasts from late March to early April.

Illinois Audubon Society is an independent state organization. It is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. It is common for people to be members of each organization. But if you are a member of the National Audubon Society, this does not make you a member of the Illinois Audubon Society.

Each organization has a valuable but different mission. Illinois Audubon Society is entirely focused on promoting the perpetuation and appreciation of native Illinois plants and Illinois animals and the Illinois habitats that support them.

The Illinois Audubon Society was organized in 1897 and precedes the existence of the National Audubon Society.

Illinois Audubon Society memberships are renewed annually. Members will receive a renewal notice about 30 days before a membership is due.

Illinois Audubon Magazine is the only Illinois conservation publication and is included with your Illinois Audubon Society membership. It is mailed four times each year.

Illinois Audubon formerly published the Cardinal News twice a year as well. We have replaced this print publication with our free email newsletter, Sightings, which is sent periodically to call attention to upcoming events, field trips, programs and news.

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