Bird watching, better known as "birding," is a fast-growing sector of the tourist industry.
I know many individuals who do not know that many locations in Northwest Illinois, especially along the Rock River National Waterway, are amazing places of bird habitat and bird research.
One function of the Audubon Society is to find natural areas that are home to many birds, especially rare or endangered bird species. Such locations can become an Important Birding Area, or IBA. Three places in the Rock River Valley Region have received that distinction: