The Bird Conservation Network

  • July 12, 2023, 4:00 pm US/Central
  • Eric Secker & Bob Fisher, Bird Conservation Network
  • Donna Kubik & Chris Stoughton
  • Video

The Chicago region is a stronghold for breeding birds, representing an impressive green space that is of global importance for key avian species and notable for a metropolitan area. At the same time, many species face declines as a result of habitat loss and degradation, pesticide use, invasive species, climate change, and other threats. These are two major findings of an analysis of breeding bird data collected over 22 years (1999-2020) by the Bird Conservation Network (BCN). The BCN team will explore findings for select species by habitat and compare its data with monitoring data collected over 30 years at the Fermilab site.  Though data collection practices and protocols differed, the comparisons reveal interesting insights and reinforce the importance of proactive land management to protect our special safe haven for birds.


The Bird Conservation Network is a coalition of 21 conservation organizations dedicated to protecting birds and the habitats they need to survive. BCN advocates for bird-friendly policy change and serves as a resource for researchers, land managers, and conservation partners in the Chicago Wilderness.