Greetings from Iowa Young Birders! What an amazing spring of birding we experienced in Iowa - we hope you were able to enjoy it too!
Our one-of-a-kind optics program, Future in Focus, has a new face! Redstart Birding is dedicated to providing the best in optics and gear to birders of all ages, and we're excited to partner with them in our quest to provide high-quality optics to young birders for affordable, quarterly payments. You can learn more about this program on our website, or you can contact us with questions.
Our goal is to provide you with bird-related field trips and programs that are both fun and educational, and we're looking for young birders to assist us in this endeavor! Have an idea for an educational event? Want to help plan one of our monthly field trips? Send us an email with your idea - let's work together to plan the next exciting event!
Speaking of fun and educational field trips, we have several planned for this summer. You can learn more about these trips by visiting our events calendar. Register today to join us!
See you in the field,
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!
July 7: Iowa City Bluebird Trail - Eastern Bluebirds are one of the most striking breeding birds found in Iowa, and are also one bird that will readily utilize nest boxes. Join us as we partner with the Johnson County Songbird Project to check bluebird boxes in the Iowa City area. We will check boxes for nests, eggs, and nestlings while learning about Eastern Bluebird life history. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to see bluebird nests up close! This trip is free but advanced registration is required.
August 18: Mississippi Kites and Pioneer Park - Ottumwa is one of two regular locations where the Mississippi Kite, an amazing aerial predator, nests in Iowa. Join us as we search for this unique Iowa bird at Memorial Park in Ottumwa and finish the morning at nearby Pioneer Park in search of Bell's Vireo and other songbirds common to southern Iowa. This trip is free but advanced registration is required.
September 8: Red Rock Reservoir - Red Rock Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Iowa and is a migrant magnet in spring and fall. Shorebirds on the upper end of the Reservoir, waterbirds below the dam, and songbirds in the many surrounding parks and recreation areas - you can see it all in the fall at this exciting birding location! Join us as we partner with Marion County Conservation Board for a visit to Ivan's Recreation Area below the Red Rock dam and explore other areas around the Reservoir in search of Pileated Woodpeckers, migrating waterbirds and shorebirds, and anything else we can find. 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.
Iowa young birder Noelle Wagner from Des Moines participated in the 2018 Junior Duck Stamp Contest and earned third-place honors for her illustration of a Hooded Merganser. Congratulations Noelle!
We're excited to announce Redstart Birding as our new optics partner for our optics rent-to-own program, Future in Focus! Redstart Birding is dedicated to providing quality optics and gear to birders of all ages, and we appreciate their support of young birders! You can find more information about our Future in Focus program here.
George Wyth State Park
The chilly air didn't keep us from seeing great winter birds at George Wyth State Park in February! READ MORE HERE!
Des Moines Water Works Park
Young birders enjoyed fantastic views of a singing male Yellow-throated Warbler at Des Moines Water Works Park in April! Read more about our spring migration trip HERE!
We saw a great diversity of birds at this unique area in May! What was our best bird, you ask? Read more about our trip HERE to find out!
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!