The Illinois Raptor Center

The Illinois Raptor Center website supplies instructions for obtaining assistance if you have found a wild animal in distress. IRC provides rehabilitation for orphaned and injured wildlife native to Illinois, specializing in birds of prey – hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles.  Website:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great resource for people interested in birds and conservation. They offer results from their ongoing research into the status of bird species as well as numerous birding resources, including eBird, which assists in identifying and locating birds. Website:

The Friends of the Sangamon Valley

The Friends of the Sangamon Valley were instrumental in creating the prairie and wetland habitats at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, and their volunteers continue to assist SAS stewards in maintaining the sanctuary. The Friends offer workshops related to habitat restoration and maintenance. Website:

Wild Birds Unlimited

To learn more about bird feeding and nesting as well as local bird behaviors and sightings, see the Springfield Wild Birds Unlimited website or speak to their knowledgeable employees when visiting the store. Springfield WBU donates all bird feeders and food to Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, greatly assisting SAS’s FeederWatch efforts.   Website:

Illinois Native Plant Society

If you are interested in supporting birds and pollinators in your home landscape, native plants are a crucial component in this effort. The Illinois Native Plant Society holds an annual native plant sale and provides plant information on their site.  Website:

Lincoln Memorial Garden

Learn more about native plants and habitats by visiting the recreated habitats and the Ostermeier Demonstration Garden at Lincoln Memorial Garden. The Garden holds two annual native plant sales and offers plant information on their website.  Website:

Wildlife Illinois

Wildlife Illinois from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources supplies information about wildlife identification, the ecological role of wildlife, and problem prevention. This site also provides a map for locating wildlife rehabilitators near you who have IDNR permits to care for wildlife. Website: