Helpful Resources

Like to know more about local and regional organizations?  See our helpful links to organizations that may interest you.  From gardening for wildlife, advice from wildlife specialists, and getting a deeper level of knowledge, the information is just a click away.

Illinois Audubon Society is our parent organization; we became a chapter of IAS in 1965.

National Audubon Society While we are not affiliated with National Audubon, we have many cross connections with their members and their mission. 

Keep Cats Indoors:  Domestic cats kill millions of birds each year.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation has a large, long-term program promoting “Backyard Wildlife Habitat”.  Extensive resources are available on this website.

Landscaping for Insectivorous Birds in Illinois by MCA member Randy Schietzelt, originally published in Illinois Audubon Society Magazine, Summer 2014.

Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee

The WPPC sells native plants, hosts an annual conference on natural landscaping, and has a mentoring program to help new native gardeners.

The Xerces SocietyThe Xerces Society has many resources for promoting and preserving native pollinators.

Butterflies as Habitat Indicators

Chicago Wilderness  A regional organization that promotes natural habitats and natural landscaping.

Living with Wildlife/Wildlife Problems: Tips from the Illinois Natural History Survey

Identifying Local Animals - a Harper College Key developed by our own MCA past president Randy Schietzelt

Wildfinder Database - Explore wildlife by terrestrial ecoregions around the world