Chicago Birds

Contributors: Evelyn Garcia & Devontea Roy

The purpose of this project is to determine the types of birds in the Chicagoland Area, so we can track bird populations and population health. The people that would like to contribute can go bird hunting in their yard, a park, a garden, near trees or any place they wish to look for bird.


My partner and I have taken bird information in five different locations: the Prairie near the Nature Museum, North Pond, Lily Pool Pond, South Lagoon and the South Pond. Those that wish to contribute can help by looking for different types of birds in their area, identifying them, and taking a picture of the bird. This is important because there are some birds that you would usually see in your neighborhood and some birds that are uncommon or rare.

People can get data on birds anywhere in the city because birds are just about everywhere.

Project Summary

This project is about birds. We observe the birds and do a ten-minute survey of them in the area we are in. We also want to learn more about the types of birds that are in the area and get all the information that we can collect. Some of the places we have been are the Prairie, North Pond, Lily Pool Pond, South Lagoon and the South Pond.

Background research

What we already know about birds is that some birds act different around humans than other birds. Each bird has a different diet, how it makes its nest, and lives in different habitats.

The links below give information and facts about the types of birds that were being observed.      

Wood Thrush

  • In this link there are some facts and information about the Wood Thrust,their location,what they eat,and other information


Northern Red Cardinal

  • The link above gives some information about the Northern Red Cardinals about their habitat,where they might be found,the food they eat and some facts about the male and female.

American Goldfinch

  • The link above gives some information and facts about this little yellow bird also called the american goldfinch

Red Winged blackbird

  • The link above gives information and facts about the red winged blackbird.

American Robin

  • The link above gives some information about the Robin, the food it eats,their habitat,nesting and other interesting things.

Barn Swallow


  • Download Epicollect beta plus in your phone or tablet.
  • Gather your materials.
  • Look for a good spot to watch birds.
  • Once you found your spot, set the timer to 10 mins.
  • Listen closely for birds. Look around the trees or on the ground around you. You can also use your binoculars.
  • If you find a bird, take a picture before doing anything else because if you don’t it might fly away.
  • Observe the bird, what color it is, what it is doing, whether it is in a tree or on the ground.
  • After a while of observing the bird take out your bird guide and try to identify it.
  • Take out your phone or tablet once more and keep going with the questions from the epi-collect.
  • After this, you are done and you can repeat the steps again.




Item Amount Purpose
Binocular 2 to be able to look at the kind of bird it is and be able to look at closer
Notebook 1 to keep track of our observations
Pencil 2 to write our observations in our notebook
Camera 2 to take pictures of the birds
Bird Guide 1 to make sure it’s not another specie of birds
Graph Paper 2 to be able to record the type of bird we observe
GPS 1 to keep track of the location or place we saw the bird.



Preliminary Interpretation

The places we have went to had common and uncommon birds. For example in the North pond, South Lagoon and in the South Pond the Barn swallow was the most common bird. In the Prairie, North Pond, and South Pond there were Red Cardinals. The Wood thrush was the only bird that was seen only at the Lily Pool Pond and not at the other locations. The American Goldfinch and the Red winged Blackbird was only found near or in the prairie, however the Red winged blackbird was found most of the time at the North Pond.