Can you believe November is already upon us? I guess the birds aren't the only things flying - time is flying by as well!
What an exciting fall we've had at Iowa Young Birders illustrated by our full list of trip reports and photos below. From Prothonotary Warblers at Fontenelle Forest to Mississippi Kites at Memorial Park in Ottumwa, we certainly hit the jackpot of great birds, great friends, and great fun at areas all over Iowa. We will close out the 2018 birding year at Cedar Lake on November 10 and then take a break for the Holidays and to plan for 2019. I'm excited and I hope you are too! Keep a close eye on our events calendar in the coming months as we add new events for 2019.
We've started a new series as part of our eNewsletter entitled, "Meet an IAYB Leader". Before each eNewsletter, we'll interview an Iowa Young Birders Board Member or Volunteer Leader to allow you to get to know them more. First up, Board Chair Kathy Solko-Manternach. Read more about Kathy below and be sure to thank her for her leadership in Iowa Young Birders when you see her in the field!
Still looking for that perfect gift for the young birders or young birder supporters in your family? Check out the many items in our store - the proceeds from your purchase support our programs! And don't forget about our Future in Focus program if you're thinking about a pair of high-quality optics for your young birder this Holiday season.
From my family to yours, have a safe and cheerful Holiday season!
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!
November 10: Cedar Lake - A hotspot during migration, Cedar Lake hosts a variety of waterbirds each fall including gulls and waterfowl. Join us for a visit to this exciting birding location in downtown Cedar Rapids during the peak of the fall waterbird migration in Iowa! We will spend the morning hiking around the lake, taking advantage of the unique opportunity to see waterbirds up close, and will learn about and observe identifying characteristics for ducks, gulls, and other waterbirds. We hope you and your family can join us! This trip is free but advanced registration is required.
December: Enjoy the Holidays and some winter birding with your family and friends and stay tuned for our exciting events schedule for 2019!
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.
We recently interviewed IAYB Board Chair Kathy Solko-Manternach as part of our new series, "Meet an IAYB Leader". Click here to read more about Kathy and her interest in birds and the outdoors. Thanks Kathy for your leadership in IAYB!
Pictured to the right is Coralee with different parts of her display which includes large cut-outs of select nesting birds of conservation concern in Iowa (illustrated by Coralee) and a selfie frame with hashtag "saveiowanesters", all of which are scheduled to be on display at nature centers across Iowa through January! Follow Coralee's fantastic effort to raise awareness about Iowa's nesting birds on Instagram @saveiowanesters. Great job Coralee!
We had a great morning with the Omaha Youth Birding Group at this prime birding location! VIEW PHOTOS FROM OUR TRIP AND A SPECIES LIST HERE!
Iowa City Bluebird Trail
Many thanks to Jim Walters with the Johnson County Songbird Project for teaching us about Eastern Bluebirds and other canopy-nesting birds! READ MORE ABOUT OUR FUN MORNING HERE!
Ottumwa Area Parks
Our morning in Ottumwa was full of exciting birds! READ MORE HERE!
Red Rock Reservoir
Fall migration was in full swing during our September trip to Red Rock Reservoir! SEE OUR TRIP REPORT AND SPECIES LIST 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!