I hope this message finds you doing well during these uncertain times for our nation. I know many families are facing challenging times now and ahead, but I hope you are able to find joy in the outdoors and in the many spring migrants that are arriving daily.
In February, 14 young birders, parents, and grandparents met in Duluth, Minnesota for our second Northern Minnesota Weekend, and what an amazing weekend it was! The weather was perfect and the birds were cooperative. Some favorites from the weekend included Boreal Owl, Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, and Peregrine Falcon. You can read more about our unforgettable weekend and view photos by clicking the link below.
Earlier this spring, Iowa Young Birders was presented with a $4,000 donation in memory of the late Don Sievers, a lifelong Greene County birder and outdoor educator for the Department of Natural Resources at Springbrook Conservation Education Center. Don's children, Shelby VanNordstrand, Chris Sievers, and Ashley Sievers, wanted to honor their dad by helping educate young Iowans about the beautiful birds our state has to offer. We are extremely humbled by and grateful for this generous gift and look forward to helping many more young Iowans experience the beauty of Iowa's birds. You can read more about Don, including his favorite Greene County birding spots, below.
Although the current circumstances have required us to cancel some of our recent trips, we're excited to host some fun virtual events in the coming months including a virtual conversation with birder and field guide author Kenn Kaufman! Visit our events calendar to learn more about these opportunities and to register to join us.
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events! These events are subject to cancellation or postponement depending on continued restrictions on public gatherings in response to COVID-19.
April 23: Virtual event - Q&A with Kenn Kaufman - Kenn Kaufman is the award-winning author of the well-known Kaufman Field Guide series and is also an artist, naturalist, and lifelong birder. Join us for this exciting, virtual opportunity to interact with Kenn! Kenn will talk a bit about how he became interest in birds and birding and will be available to answer your questions. This trip is free but advanced registration is required. To join, you will need a computer with a microphone, speaker, and internet connection. Participants can also call in but will not be able to view the presentation. If you have questions, please contact us, and be prepared with some questions for Kenn!
May 1: Virtual event - Spring Warbler Identification - Each year in May our trees fill with colorful migrating warblers, stopping briefly to re-fuel on insects before continuing their northward journey to their breeding grounds in the boreal forest of the northern United States and Canada. Join Executive Director Tyler Harms for a virtual presentation on identification tips for spring warblers. We'll learn all about the colors, behaviors, and habitats of these fun birds just in time to use our newly-acquired skills in the field! This trip is free but advanced registration is required. To join this event, you will need a computer equipped with a microphone, speaker, and internet connection. Participants can also call in but will not be able to view the presentation. For questions, please feel free to contact us!
May 16: Family Feather Festival - We're partnering with the Des Moines YMCA Camp, Iowa Audubon, the Iowa Wildlife Center, Wild Birds Unlimited of Ames, and several other partners to offer a unique birding event in central Iowa during the peak of spring migration and we want you to join us! Bird hikes, optics and backyard bird feeding seminars, live owls, and more...you won't want to miss it! This event is free to attend.
June 13: Lime Creek Nature Area - During the peak of the nesting season in Iowa, the woods are alive with bird song! Join us for a live concert (perhaps not your typical concert, but there will be music :) ) at Lime Creek Nature Area on this early summer morning. We'll learn the songs of some common Iowa nesting species and enjoy a hike through this fantastic area managed by Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board. Be sure to bring your listening ears! This trip is free but advanced registration is required.
The family of the late Don Sievers recently presented Iowa Young Birders with a $4,000 memorial donation to help educate young Iowans about the beautiful birds Iowa has to offer. Don was a lifelong birder in Greene County and spent his career educating youth about birds and the outdoors at Springbrook Conservation Education Center. Click here to read a note from Don's children regarding their generous gift for which we are extremely grateful.
Meet our new Board Chair Fawn Bowden in this installment of "Meet an IAYB Leader"! Fawn is also a mother of two young birders and is a regular volunteer on our field trips!
Our friends at the Museum of Bird Art at Mass Audubon is hosting youth bird art exhibition and are encouraging submissions from young birders everywhere. And best of all, your art will be on display at the museum in September! See the flyer on the left for submission instructions or click here for more details about the exhibition.
Northern Minnesota Weekend 2020
Our second trip to Duluth was a huge success! Read all about it and view our species lists 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!