Happy Fall from Iowa Young Birders! I hope this newsletter finds you doing well and enjoying the change of seasons and the exciting birding it brings.
What an exciting and busy summer we had, so much so that I completely forgot to send a summer newsletter! But don't worry, I've included links to reports, photos, and species lists from all our extraordinary trips below including a weekend of birding at Stephens State Forest, a visit to Voas Nature Area, and a morning banding Wood Ducks at Hawkeye Wildlife Area. We are extremely lucky to have partners like the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wild Birds Unlimited in Ames, and Dallas County Conservation Board, among many others, for helping make these unique and educational experiences possible for young birders. We hope you will join us in thanking them!
In a recent study published in Science magazine, researchers found that we've lost nearly 3 billion birds in North America since 1970. They explained that, among many factors contributing to this staggering decline, habitat loss seems to be the primary contributor. Don't worry, however, because there are ways in which we, as concerned birders, can help our birds. By supporting Iowa Young Birders, you are fulfilling one of the 7 simple actions outlined by the authors to help birds. Your support is mobilizing young birders to watch birds and contribute sightings to support studies like this one. You are encouraging young Iowans to enjoy the outdoors and contributing to bird conservation simultaneously. Thank you!
Speaking of enjoying the outdoors, we will be visiting DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in search of migrating waterfowl in October and will return to northeast Iowa in November to experience the amazing Tundra Swan migration on the Mississippi River. You won't want to miss these exciting events to finish out 2019!
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!
October 26: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge - DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, tucked along the Missouri River on the border of Iowa and Nebraska, is a very popular location among migratory waterbirds, hosting some of Iowa's largest concentrations of ducks and geese each fall and spring. Shorebirds also visit DeSoto during migration, and several species of songbirds take advantage of the many wetlands, grasslands, and bottomland forests on this important area. Come spend a morning with us enjoying the outdoors and learning about waterfowl migration! This trip is free but advanced registration is required. Binoculars will be available for use.
November 16: Tundra Swans on the Mississippi - Each November, tens of thousands of Tundra Swans descend from gray skies to loaf on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River as part of their migratory journey to wintering areas. Join us as we travel back to northeast Iowa to witness this amazing Iowa birding spectacle! Joining the Tundra Swans will be a variety of other migratory waterfowl including frequent Mississippi River visitors such as Canvasback, Redhead, and Lesser Scaup as well as several species of dabbling ducks like Mallard, Gadwall, and American Wigeon. We may even get lucky with a glimpse at a soaring Golden Eagle! This trip is free but advanced registration is required. Binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided.
In this installment of "Meet an IAYB Leader", we meet our Board Treasurer, Founder, and past Executive Director Carl Bendorf. Read more about Carl here!
Hickory Hill Park
What a great day to welcome spring migrants at Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City! Read more about our trip here!
Nightjar and Warbler Weekend
We refused to let rain and thunderstorms keep us from seeing some great birds at Stephens State Forest! Read more about our exciting weekend here!
Field Sketching Workshop
What a treat to learn about sketching with artists Dean Biechler and Michaela Henke! Click here to read more about what we learned.
Voas Nature Area
The weather and the birds were fantastic at Voas Nature Area in June! See our species list and read more about our fun morning here!
Wood Duck Banding
Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we had a great time banding Wood Ducks with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources! View photos from our morning here!
Migrating shorebirds were our target birds on this fun outing, and we were successful! Read more about our trip here!
Become a Member!
Young birders ages 8-18 can connect with new friends from across Iowa, get the inside scoop from our e-newsletters, and have the opportunity to contribute and participate. Youth members also receive a discount for any of our special events which may have a registration fee. An annual youth membership is only $10.What a great gift idea for your young birder!
Have up to four young birders in your family? Consider our new family membership ($40 annually). Up to two adults and four related young birders will become members of Iowa Young Birders, and all young birders will receive the same benefits as an individual youth membership!
Adults (age 19+) can support Iowa’s young birders by becoming an Adult Member ($35 annually.) Your support will help us to encourage young Iowans to develop and interest in Iowa’s birdlife and conservation issues. Plus, your Adult Membership helps keep our Youth Membership dues very low.
You can also use this same link to renew your current membership!