Reports of Dead Birds

A series of reports regarding dead birds along the North Shore Channel, North Branch and the Main Stem has triggered a response from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) which suspects Botulism C as the source.

IDNR has asked Friends to field calls regarding dead birds in and along the river so all reports should be directed to

The date, specific location, and species should be included and all reports should be made immediately.

In addition, dead common carp were reported in Main Stem and MWRD is investigating.