Media Tip Sheet
Midwest Region

Ten Years of Success in Conservation through the State Wildlife Grant Program

The State Wildlife Grants Program provides federal dollars to every state and territory to support cost-effective conservation aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.

A SWG Success Story: Illinois Birds: A Century of Change is a publication summarizing changes to bird populations and habitats across the state of Illinois over the past century.

From 2007-2009, the Illinois Natural History Survey, under funding provided by the Service's State Wildlife Grant Program, collected the third installment of bird data across northern, central and southern Illinois in more than a century. This most recent survey appends censuses conducted from 1906-1909 and 1956-1958 and highlights how changes in land cover, agricultural practices, pesticide use, bird behavior and climate have impacted bird populations.

Full size images can be downloaded from Flickr

Last updated: April 4, 2013