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Member & Friends Newsletter
FALL 2020

Hello Friend,

I hope this message finds you and your family staying well and enjoying a wonderful fall.

What an exciting summer it was at Iowa Young Birders! Our Summer Birds Virtual Series with bird nest expert Bruce Ehresman and avian ecologist Anna Buckardt Thomas brought 48 young birders and their families together to learn all about where and how birds nest in Iowa. I think everyone learned something new! On July 29, 32 young birders joined scientists Taylor Shirley, Elsie Shogren, and Paul Skrade for a fantastic virtual science and birds event. And, if you didn't hear, 170 young birders logged 621 hours of birding and participated in 634 bird-related activities for our first summer birding program. 

Despite the many challenges we've all faced this year, nature and outdoor recreation have been there to provide much needed relief. Thanks to your support, we were able to quickly transition our programs from in-person field trips to virtual events and birding days. You've helped us educate and empower young birders across Iowa to enjoy birds and birding independently and share that enjoyment with their families. As the new year approaches, I get excited thinking about advancing our virtual programs and I look forward to once again joining young birders in the field when it is safe to do so.

But most of all, I am comforted knowing that young birders across Iowa have friends like you who care about their future. Sincerely, thank you.  

I wish you and your family a happy and safe Holiday season.

Tyler Harms
Executive Director
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!

November 22: Waterfowl ID Virtual EventThe skies are filled with migrating ducks and geese right now, and identifying the more than 25 species that visit Iowa at some point in the fall can be a fun challenge. We're partnering with our friends at Wild Birds Unlimited in Ames to host a virtual waterfowl identification tutorial and we hope you can join us! We'll learn how colors, shapes, sizes, and behaviors complete the picture of a successful ID, and we'll also discuss where to look for these exciting fall birds. This event is free but advanced registration is required. A computer or smart device with a microphone and internet connection are recommended to join this event, but there is also an option to call in.

December 12: Winter Birds Virtual EventMost of our approximately 300 bird species that we regularly see in Iowa do not spend the winter months here. However, some birds stick around all winter and, believe it or not, some birds come to Iowa for their winter vacations each year. Join us to learn all about these cold-hardy species! We'll talk about how these birds adapt to the winter months including what they eat, how they stay warm, which habitats they use, and what you can do to help them survive during this challenging season. It's sure to be a "cool" program! This event is free but advanced registration is required. A computer or smart device with a microphone and internet connection are recommended to join this event, but there is also an option to call in.

January 9: Virtual Birding Day - Though we may not be able to bird together in person right now, we can still bird together virtually. Let's join together for a day of birding across Iowa and see how many different species we can see! Birding together virtually is simple - all you need to do is pick your favorite place to enjoy birds and go there on this day. Keep a list of the birds you see and either 1) share that list with us on eBird or 2) send us your species list and we'll enter it for you. At the end of the day, we'll tally the list of species seen and places visited and share it with participants. You can bird all day or for just a few minutes, travel miles and miles or stay in your yard, it's completely up to you. Register for this event to receive instructions on how to share your birding lists with us and to receive updates about this exciting day. We hope you can bird with us, even if just for a few minutes!
Fall migration
In September, we partnered with our friends (and sponsor) Wild Birds Unlimited in Ames to host a fall migration virtual event. If you missed the event but would like to listen to Executive Director Tyler Harms talk about bird migration, you can view the recording 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!

Iowa Young Birders promotes engagement with our natural world and conservation issues by empowering young Iowans to study and enjoy birds and birding.

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