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This Week in Birding is a newsletter that gives you everything you need to know about birding. It’s written by me, Bob Dolgan, writer, filmmaker, Director of “Monty and Rose,” a film about Piping Plovers, Chief Editor of Meadowlark, a journal of Illinois birds and an official Ambassador for the American Bird Conservancy. I received the 2022 Excellence in Environmental Reporting Award from Chicago Audubon Society.

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I make documentaries about birds and write a weekly Substack. I live in Chicago and love sports and history, too. I edit Illinois’ birding journal, Meadowlark.
I’m Bill Davison, an award-winning wildlife photographer, biologist, farmer, and agroforester, on a joyful journey to share my love of nature with others.
A decade ago, Kelly Ball had an epiphany and realized she didn’t have to wait until retirement to become a birder. Most recently, she worked at Bird Watcher’s Digest. Currently Kelly is searching for unique ways to support conservation projects.
Andy Morkes is the author of Nature in Chicagoland: More Than 120 Fantastic Nature Destinations That You Must Visit & the Nature in Chicagoland blog.Articles about his work have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Daily Southtown.
Emily is a nature, sustainability, and climate change writer.
Brian “Fox” Ellis, is an author and storyteller who portrays John James Audubon. He and his wife run a B & B in Bishop Hill, The Twinflower Inn.
Isoo O'Brien is an Evanston native and student at Kenyon College. An avid birder since age 9, Isoo leads field trips for local organizations and currently holds Cook County's big year record at 288 species.
Greetings! I am from the Springfield Illinois area and was able to channel, a childhood interest in birds, into a present day family shared nature experience. We hope to birdwatch in every Illinois county.