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Member & Friends Newsletter

Hello Friend,

What a year we had in 2016!  Above is only a small collection of the many fantastic photos from our exciting trips.  You can view our 2016 year-end impact statement here.  I hope you had a great year also!

Have you ever seen more than 100 Trumpeter Swans at the same location?  We were lucky to do so at Dale Maffitt Reservoir near Des Moines on January 21.  Eleven young birders, parents, and grandparents also enjoyed other wintering waterbirds such as a duo of Greater White-fronted Geese and a Ruddy Duck.  You can find the link to our full trip report below.
I'm ready for an exciting spring of birding and I hope you are too.  We have several fun events to welcome this eventful birding season including a shorebird ID workshop at Iowa State University, Sandhill Crane count, and more coming.  Check out our events calendar for more details and to register for one of these opportunities!

Was a gift to Iowa Young Birders on your 2016 to-do list but slipped by due to the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season?  Don't worry, you can still give!  Kick off your 2017 giving season by clicking the button below and help us continue to offer fun and educational opportunities to more than 100 young birders across Iowa!

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Executive Director
Iowa Young Birders

Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!

February 18: Eagles and Gulls on the MississippiSome of the best winter birding in Iowa can be found along the Mississippi River.  Join us as we look for Bald Eagles, rare gulls, and other waterbirds at Credit Island Park near Davenport.  An island in the Mississippi River, Credit Island Park is a unique area that hosts up to 50 species in winter. If time allows, we will also visit nearby Fairmount Cemetery to look for winter finches such as crossbills and redpolls. This trip is free but advanced registration is required.

March 4: Sharpen your Shorebird ID Skills - Shorebirds pose an identification challenge to many birders, but are also very fun to see during spring migration.  Join us at Iowa State University where we will have the unique opportunity to study shorebird specimens up close and learn tips for identifying shorebirds in the field.  This trip is free but advanced registration is required.

April 8: Annual Sandhill Crane CountThe Sandhill Crane is a magnificent bird that nests at various locations throughout Iowa each year.  Sweet Marsh near Sumner is one of those locations, hosting one of the largest nesting populations of Sandhill Cranes in the state.  Join us as we partner with Bremer County Conservation Board to assist with their annual Sandhill Crane Count at Sweet Marsh. Once finished counting cranes, we will explore this premier wetland area in search for other birds! The official count starts at 5:30 AM, but we will be joining at 7:00 AM.  If you'd like to join the counters earlier your welcome to do so.  This trip is free but 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 Events page.

Dale Maffitt Reservoir


More than 100 Trumpeter Swans at the same spot, how fantastic is that?  To top it off, we saw other great birds at Dale Maffitt Reservior. 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!

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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