1. Steven Mlodinow's book "Chicago Area Birds" (Chicago Review
Press, 213 West Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610. Copyright 1984).
It is available in some book stores and in some nature
stores. Mlodinow gives very good frequency charts,
places to find certain birds and guides to locations
with directions. It was published in 1984 and some
of the information is out of date, but it is still a
2. If you plan to bird in Northwest Indiana, pick up a
copy of "Birds of the Indiana Dunes" by
Kenneth Brock. It should be in the same stores as
3. Chicago Tribune "Chicagoland Map". They are available
in most stores where you would find maps. It is
the best map I've seen of the Chicago area. In
describing locations, the codes I've shown after the
name of the locations refer to the grid coordinates on
this map. If you're really serious, I would
suggest a detailed street map atlas of the area.
There are at least 2 versions generally available.
4. If you plan to bird outside of the Chicago area,
I strongly suggest the Delorme "Illinois Atlas
and Gazetteer." It contains detailed
topographical maps of the entire state with almost every
road shown. It is VERY helpful for getting around
in the hinterlands. It is available from the ABA
as well as larger and more complete bookstores.
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