It's hard to believe summer is already upon us. We hope you had an enjoyable migration and were able to observe some of the wonderful avian visitors of spring.
Looking for some summer fun in July? Join us as we visit Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, one of central Iowa's premier outdoor recreation areas! Our target bird will be the Green Heron, the American Birding Association's Bird of the Year. There will also be an opportunity to canoe in a controlled area. Sound like fun? If so, register today!
We're excited to announce two recipients of our first Young Birder Camp Scholarships! Devvin Schroeder of Decorah, Iowa will receive $250 to attend the American Birding Association's Camp Colorado in July and Walt Wagner-Hecht of Cedar Rapids, Iowa will receive $500 to attend the ABA Camp Avocet (in Delaware) in August. Congrats to these two young birders!
Iowa Young Birders was recently featured in the American Birding Association's "Birder's Guide to Conservation and Community". Executive Director Carl Bendorf tells the story of Iowa Young Birders and shares tips for starting a young birder organization!
Been to our website recently? We've officially launched a brand new version that has an appealing new look and is easier for you to navigate, register for trips, donate, and keep up with us! The new site is already up and running but we're still adding content and we appreciate your patience as we move forward with this exciting change. Check it out here.
Canoeing and Green Herons, SE Iowa and the IOU Meeting, and fall migration in Iowa City are just a few of the exciting things planned for our upcoming field trips. See our calendar for more information and register today!
Hope to see you soon,
Carl & Tyler
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!
July 11 at Chichaqua Bottoms near Des Moines - Join us as we explore this interesting central Iowa habitat. One of our target birds will be Green Heron, named 2015 Bird of the Year by the American Birding Association. Young birders will also have the opportunity to canoe in controlled canoeing areas!
August 29 in Fort Madison/IOU Fall Meeting - Fort Madison is an exciting area to bird as many gulls and waterfowl can be found along the Mississippi River, and nearby Shimek State Forest hosts a diverse array of song birds. Young birders will also have the opportunity to attend the Iowa Ornithologists' Union Meeting in the afternoon.
September 12 in Iowa City - Experience fall migration in one of Iowa City area's birding hotspots! Depending on weather, progress of fall migration, and water levels at Coralville Reservoir, we'll pick our exact location to get the most interesting birding.
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.
Iowa Young Birders was recently featured in the American Birding Association's "Birder's Guide to Conservation and Community". Click here to read the article written by Executive Director Carl Bendorf.
Young birder Devvin Schroeder of Decorah receives $250 to attend Camp Colorado
"My most memorable Iowa birding experience is when I went birding with Larry Reis and Dennis Carter at Cardinal Marsh close to the Howard/Winneshiek county line. Both Larry and Dennis taught me how to identify different shore birds. Larry taught me to identify them with what color their legs and feathers were, and by what size of beak they had. Whereas Dennis taught me how to identify them by their size, the shape of their bodies, and their flight pattern."
Young birder Walt Wagner-Hecht of Cedar Rapids receives $500 to attend Camp Avocet
"Last week I went birding at our family’s cabin in Washington County. As soon as we arrived at the cabin, I put on my jacket, boots, and binoculars and began my search for woodcocks. It was still a bit early for them to be displaying, but that would give me time to find an area of good habitat. I decided that the best area to see woodcocks would probably be the large central prairie bordered on one side by the riverine forest of Long Creek and on the other by a forest of white pine. As I climbed a prairie hill towards the pine forest I disturbed a flock of pheasants and noticed savannah sparrows popping in and out of the grasses."
Lots of excitement at our Advanced Breeding Bird Workshop at Yellow River Forest on June 13. READ MORE HERE!
Ledges Field Trip
We saw many fun critters at Ledges State Park in May. 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!