Welcome to the
Illinois Swainson's Hawk Project website.
Check here regularly for important announcements, post questions, or
Forms & Instructions: Download
survey forms and instructions for conducting the surveys.
Information on where to send your completed forms or report
Swainson's Hawk sightings.
Route Maps: View
a map of the survey area and a list of available, unassigned blocks
ID Swainson's Hawks:
Learn how to identify, age, and sex Swainson's Hawks and other
Learn how to sign-up and volunteer to survey an area for the
Illinois Swainson's Hawk Project.
About the ISHP:
The Illinois Swainson's Hawk Project (ISHP) is a
joint effort to study the small remnant population of breeding Swainson's Hawks in northern Illinois.
Volunteers are needed for the spring and
summer of 2010 to help with sightings of Swainson’s Hawks in their
known nesting locations of Kane and McHenry counties, and
surrounding areas. During the course of the spring and summer,
fieldworkers will drive designated routes in the region to survey
for Swainson's Hawks and hopefully locate new or previously unknown
areas where these birds may be breeding.
The purpose of this research is to determine where, when and why
Swainson’s Hawks use this very limited area for breeding, and more
importantly, to determine if they use any of the surrounding
regions. Swainson’s Hawks show a very unusual breeding distribution
with Kane and McHenry counties of Illinois being the only known
nesting region for this species east of the Mississippi River. More
data needs to be collected to help in determining their future.
The scope of the Illinois Swainson’s Hawk Project is to recruit qualified
volunteers to report Swainson’s Hawk sightings in designated areas
with pre-determined routes. All sightings and data collected will be
sent to Bob and Anita Morgan for further evaluation. Bob and Anita
have done fieldwork over the past 5 years surveying, recording and
analyzing nesting pairs of Swainson’s Hawks in Kane and McHenry
counties. Their research is the catalyst for these further
proceedings. I encourage you to read their article, “Observations of
Nesting Swainson’s Hawks in Illinois, 2002-2004” in Meadowlark, a
Journal of Illinois Birds, IOS’s publication, Volume 14, Number 2,
2005. A .PDF copy of their
article can be found here.
The Illinois Swainson’s Hawk Project will be a multi-year effort. Our goal is
to ensure that Swainson’s Hawks have a healthy future in Illinois.
Volunteers are trained in the identification of and behavior
patterns in Swainson’s Hawks at introductory seminars held at the
start of the season. Contact us and we will send you
a packet with the necessary information needed to conduct surveys.
We will also help you choose a square / area to survey for hawks.
The area being covered by ISHP
fieldworkers can be viewed at on the
Maps page. Volunteers will be surveying areas as far
south as Sugar Grove, Huntley and I-88 and as far north as Harvard -
near the Wisconsin border.
To sign-up for the Illinois Swainson's Hawk
Project, please register at the link below.
Sign-Up for the
Please direct any questions to:
Bob & Anita Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org,