I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying the spring season!
We've had a busy late winter and spring at Iowa Young Birders, so busy that I forgot to send an eNewsletter in April! Below you will find photos and trip reports from five (that's right, FIVE) field trips since February. Watching Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River, an amazing sky dancing show by more than 10 American Woodcocks near Saylorville Reservoir, and the opportunity to hold songbirds during our Bird Handling Event are only a few of these exciting trips. We've had a great year thus far!
In response to growth in our organization, we've decided to expand our Board of Directors and added three new members since December. Jennifer Owens of Ames, Iowa was appointed to the Board last December for a three-year term ending in 2018 and Fawn Bowden of Riverside, Iowa and Kathy Solko of Nevada, Iowa were both appointed to the Board this month for three-year terms ending in 2018. We're happy to have these three leaders join our Board!
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!
June 11 Lost Island Lake and Marsh - Located in the heart of Iowa's Prairie Pothole Region, northwest Iowa is known for its unique pothole wetlands and shallow lakes that host a variety of birds in summer. Join us as we explore Lost Island Lake and Marsh and experience the Prairie Pothole Region at the peak of the summer breeding season, when birds are active and singing! Co-hosted by the Palo Alto County Conservation Board, this trip is free but advanced registration is required.
July 24 Amana Colonies Bird Hikes - Join us for a couple bird hikes as part of Kinderfest, a fun family event based in the historic Amana Colonies. We will lead two bird hikes (12:00 PM and 2:00 PM) that will involve searching for breeding birds in and around the Amana Colonies, including a possible visit to well-known Lily Lake. Advanced registration is not required for these hikes, just show up for some outdoor family fun! Click here for more information on Kinderfest. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
September 24 Hitchcock Hawk Watch - Each year, the Hitchcock Hawk Watch provides valuable information on migrating raptors and other migratory birds. Join us as we team up with staff and volunteers at the Hawk Watch for a morning of "eyes to the skies" counting migrating raptors. We will also join raptor bander Jerry Toll in the bird blind to learn about banding raptors. We may even have a chance to band a migrating hawk! This trip is free and limited to the first 12 participants. Advanced registration is required.
All of our field trips are open to young birders ages 8-18. Parents are encouraged to attend. No cost to participate (except for special events) but advance registration is required. For more details and to register, visit our Calendar page.
Eagle Watching along the Mississippi
We had a great time with the Junior Explorer's League of Burlington viewing eagles along the Mississippi River on February 27! READ MORE HERE!
Ten or more American Woodcocks sky dancing all around us created quite the excitement on our Woodcock Walk near Saylorville Reservoir on March 24! VIEW PHOTOS HERE!
Spring Migration at Clear Lake
The cold and wind didn't keep us from seeing great birds at McIntosh Woods State Park near Clear Lake on April 2! READ MORE HERE!
Squaw Creek Park
These young birders and parents tallied 50 species at Squaw Creek Park on May 7! READ MORE HERE!
Bird handling event
Young birders had the opportunity to hold six different species of songbirds at our bird handling event in Ames on May 14. READ MORE 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!