The following is a highlight of articles featured in back issues of the Meadowlark. Click each volume to reveal the contents for that volume. Click again to hide the contents.
Issue #1 - Premiere issue - The Des Plaines River
Wetlands Demonstration Project, a bird finding guide to shorebirds in southern Illinois.
Issue #2 - Where, when, & how to watch hawks.
Issue #3 - Snowy Owl invasion, the rare wintering Ivory Gull.
Issue #4 - Spring Bird Count, bird rehabilitation.
Issue #1 - Grassland bird population changes in Illinois and neotropical migrants studies.
Issue #2 - The status of Chicago's Peregrine Release & Restoration Project.
Issue #3 - The status of Bald Eagles in Illinois.
Issue #4 - The Greater Prairie-Chicken in Illinois and the first confirmed state record
of the Painted Bunting.
Issue #1 - The changing role of bird banding in Illinois and the nation.
Issue #2 - Rufous Hummingbird records and gull identification.
Issue #3 - Christmas Bird Counts, how useful are they?
Issue #4 - How many birds die due to skyscrapers and other urban death traps?
Issue #1 - The relationship between songbird breeding
success and small mammal abundance, and an exciting new breeding bird hotspot.
Issue #2 - Illinois' endangered and threatened birds.
Issue #3 - A Christmas Bird Count compiler goes on nine CBC's in less than two weeks.
Issue #4 - The biology and ecology of heronries.
Issue #1 - The status of the House Finch in Illinois and how its presence affects the House Sparrow.
Issue #2 - Chicago Lakefront Birding.
Issue #3 - The role of habitat in the breeding and migratory success of wetland birds, plus a look at a rare ephemeral wetland in central Illinois.
Issue #4 - The average arrival dates of all your favorite migrants in eastern Illinois and three other Midwestern sites.
Issue #1 - Our fifth anniversary issue helps you update
your field guides and life lists to reflect the current changes in species designations in North American birds.
Issue #2 - Details on birds parasitized by the Brown-headed Cowbird.
Issue #3 - Christmas Bird Count and Band-tailed Pigeon records.
Issue #4 - Illinois Spring Bird Count results are featured plus an article on the state's first Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica).
Issue #1 - Sabine's Gull in the Middlewestern Prairie
Issue #2 - Are Breeding Herons and Egrets Deserting the Central Illinois River Floodplain?
Issue #3 - Featured article on Eastern Bird Populations in
Dupage County and the 1997 Christmas Bird Count.
Issue #4 - The 1998 Spring Bird Count results and the first of the series on Avian Studies in Illinois.
Issue #1 - A series of featured articles on various species of
interest breeding in Illinois including: Monk Parakeet, Osprey, Mississippi Kite, Bewick's Wren, Purple Gallinule, and Common Terns.
Issue #2 - A series of
featured articles on the first Illinois Records of the Black Skimmer, Allen's Hummingbird, and White-winged Dove.
Issue #3 - Potential effects of increased
predation risk on nestling House Wren quality and survival.
Issue #4 - A series of articles on state records for the following species: Gray Kingbird, Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Garganey, Painted Bunting.
Issue #1 - An excellent series of sight and nesting records for a
variety of species including such species as Black-necked Stilt and Western Kingbird.
Issue #2 - A look at the historical and rare birding in the state.
Issue #3 - Explore some Illinois "firsts" and the widespread invasion of Northern Shrikes.
Issue #4 - Highlights include the 2000 spring bird count and migrations records.
Issue #1 - For the first time in history, the Painted Bunting has become a confirmed breeder in Illinois.
Issue #2 - Dr. Steven Havera looks at the effects of land practices on waterfowl in Illinois, and the federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker visits Illinois Beach State Park.
Issue #3 - Learn about Illinois' first confirmed records of Long-tailed Jaeger, and the interesting behaviors this bird exhibited for many observers.
Issue #4 - This issue features the 2001 spring bird count as well as the status of jaegers in Illinois.
Issue #1 - Our tenth anniversary issue features articles on Illinois' first reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher nest as well as an Arctic Tern attempt at breeding with a Common Tern and the first documented record of nesting Ring-billed Gulls on a rooftop in Illinos.
Issue #2 - White-throated Sparrows have been documented for the first time as nesting in Illinois. Plus, read about the new hawk watch at Illinois Beach State Park.
Issue #3 - Illinois volunteers work to save habitat and document avian population trends, an American Robin nests in Chicago in December, and the Illinois 2001 Christmas Bird Counts.
Issue #4 - Report on Chicagoland's first spring migration bird banding station, the population decline of the Red-headed Wodpecker in Wisconsin and Illinois, and a pair of Cinnamon Teal in Clinton County.
Issue #1 - Whooping Cranes over Illinois, the status of the Common Tern in Illinois, and introducing children to birding.
Issue #2 - An estimate of shorebird numbers in Illinois, the status of the Whimbrel in the Middlewestern prairie region, and the status of the Piping Plover on the Great Lakes. Also, a guide to birding sod fields.
Issue #3 - Winter bird population changes during a 38-year period in an urbanizing region, Illinois' first Hermit Warbler, the 2002/2003 Illinois Christmas Bird Count, and a bird finding guide to the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve.
Issue #4 - The effect of temperature and food choice of birds at feeders in northeastern Illinois, Burrowing Owl in Chaimpaign County, and the 2003 Illinois Spring Bird Count.
Issue #1 - The potential impact of climate change on the summer distribution of Illinois' nongame birds, first Illinois record of Roseate Spoonbill, Eurasian Collared-Doves in a River Forest backyard, and nesting Lark Sparrows in DuPage County.
Issue #2 - This issue features the status of wintering Bald Eagles in central
Illinois, a wonderful photo gallery of shorebirds and an account of the
first Illinois and second inland North American record of Black-tailed Gull.
Issue #3 - Features Extreme birding by Kelly McKay, the 20023/2004 Christmas Bird Count and photos from the Gull Frolic and the Rough-legged Hawk invasion.
Issue #4 - Mottled Duck at Lake Springfield, first state record by H. Davd Bohlen, plus
an article about Audubon's Washington Eagle -- did it really exist --
written by Scott Maruna.
Issue #1 - Features Monk Parakeets in Illinois - their history, the present and the future,
written by Walter Marcisz and stories about interesting nesting
occurrences in the state last summer.
Issue #2 - Nesting Swainson's Hawks in Illinois, observations of a Hairy Woodpecker pair in a River Forest backyard, and a variety of rarities from around the state.
Issue #3 - The Illinois prairie-chicken recovery plan, hawkwatching at Illinois Beach State Park, the Kane County Lark Bunting, and the 2004/2005 Christmas Bird Count. Corrected charts for the article on hawkwatching at Illinois Beach State Park can be found here.
Issue #4 - Illinois' important bird areas, Illinois' first Fork-tailed Flycatcher, and the statewide Spring Bird Count.
Issue #1 - Arrival dates and recapture patterns of spring migrant songbirds in northeasten Illinois, Bald Eagles attempting to nest in Kane County, and Field Notes for the 2005 breeding season.
Issue #2 - First state record of Inca Dove, a Sooty Tern specimen from Illinois, Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and the twelth report of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee.
Issue #3 - The love song of Catharus guttatus, a juvenile Hermit Thrush in Chicago, the 1978 Chicago Ross's Gull, a photo essay of Bald Eagles in winter, the 2005/2006 Illinois Christmas Bird Count, and Field Notes for the 2005/2006 winter season.
Issue #4 - A second state record of MacGillivray's Warbler in Kane County, a Yellow-throated Warbler at a Vermilion County feeder, reflections on backyard birding throughout Illinois, and the 2006 Illinois spring bird count.
Issue #1 - Trumpeter Swans in Illinois, observations of nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers in Cook County, reflections on backyard birding throughout Illinois, and the 2006 breeding season.
Issue #2 - Late Chimney Swifts, Swainson's Hawks at the Illinois Beach State Park Hawkwatch, In Memorium, the Thirteenth report of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee, and more.
Issue #3 - A Barnacle Goose in LaSalle County, little-known birding spots in Jackson County, Black-headed Gull at Montrose, the 2006/2007 Christmas bird count, and Field Notes for the 2006/2007 winter season.
Issue #4 - Census methods to better understand the nightly passage of songbird migrants through the Chicago region during May, a Summer Tanager visits a jelly feeder in DuPage County, the 2007 Illinois Statewide Spring Bird count, and Field Notes for the 2007 spring migration season.
Issue #1 - On the hunt for Sprague's Pipit, IOS research grants, reflections on backyard birding throughout Illinois, and the 2007 breeding season field notes.
Issue #2 - The Plover Project, the Fourteenth Report of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee, reflections on backyard birding throughout Illinois, and Field Notes for the 2007 fall migration.
Issue #3 - Carlyle Lake gulls, a potential "Kamchatka" Mew Gull, sea ducks in central Illinois, the 2007/2008 Illinois Christmas Bird Count, 2007/2008 winter field notes, and more.
Issue #4 - Illinois breeding bird population trends, a bird finding guide to Boone County, the 2008 Illinois Spring Bird Count, and Field Notes for the 2008 spring migration season.
Issue #1 - Birdnotes from a bygone era, Mississippi Kites nesting in Rockford, and field notes for the 2008 breeding season.
Issue #2 - IOS research grant awards, changes to the list of threatened and endangered Illinois birds, Yellow-breasted Chat study, backyard birding throughout Illinois, and the 2008 fall migration field notes.
Issue #3 - Winter gull identification challenges, the fifteenth report of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee, the 2008/2009 CBC season, remembering Laurence Binford and L. Barrie Hunt, and field notes for the 2008/2009 winter season.
Issue #4 - Sandhill Crane colt survival in northeastern Illinois, aggressive interaction between a Sora and Virginia Rail during spring migration, the 2009 Illinois Statewide Spring Bird Count, and field notes for the 2009 spring migration.
Issue #1 - - Potential nesting Swainson's Warbler in southern Illinois, first documented nesting record for Anhinga in Illinois, Northern Rough-winged Swallow builds nest in air-conditioning ducts, and more.
Issue #4 - - Chickamouse: Probable hybridization between Tufted Titmouse and Black-capped Chickadee in DeWitt County, Brown Creeper's migratory route fidelity and urban fatality, the 2010 Illinois Statewide Spring Bird Count, Field Notes: Spring Migration 2010
Issue #1 - - Status of the Barn Owl in Illinois, Social behavior in Red-headed Woodpeckers, Field Notes: The 2010 Breeding Season
Issue #2 - - Impacts of habitat restoration on songbirds in Chicago area forest preserves: preliminary results from the 2010 breeding season.
Red-eyed Vireo’s migratory route fidelity in an urban environment, The 2010/2011 Illinois Christmas Bird Count, Field Notes: The 2010 Fall Migration
Issue #3 - Current Issue - Anna’s Hummingbird: Illinois’ first record, Inbreeding of Illinois Peregrine Falcons, IOS awards seven research grants, The 2011 Illinois Spring Bird Count Report, Field Notes: The 2010/2011 Winter Season
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