Greetings once again from Iowa Young Birders! As we wrap up another exciting spring migration season, I hope you were able to enjoy some time outside chasing the many fascinating birds that pass through our state each year.
It's here at last! We're excited to announce the release of our new and unique optics rent-to-own program, "Future in Focus". This program makes high-quality optics more affordable for young birders and their families to enhance their birding experiences year-round. In partnership with Eagle Optics, we're offering a binocular, spotting scope, and tripod for you to rent for a quarterly fee. After three years of rental payments, you take ownership of these optics. At any time during the three years your young birder decides to pursue other interests, you can return the optics to us and we'll refund you one-third of your payments to date. Combined with Eagle Optics' lifetime guarantee, this is a great investment in your young birder's birding experience for years to come! For information on this program, click here.
We have a number of fun and exciting trips planned for the remainder of 2017 including a visit to Seed Savers Exchange in northeast Iowa, Swan Lake State Park in western Iowa, and a northwest Iowa prairie and marshes tour. More fall trips will be posted in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our events calendar and register online to take advantage of these exciting opportunities!
Iowa Young Birders
Don't Miss These Upcoming Young Birder Events!
June 10: Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt - One of the premier birding locations in central Iowa, Chichaqua Bottoms is home to a diversity of habitats and several unique birds such as Prothonotary Warbler, Green Heron, and many more! Join us as we explore this area both by foot and by canoe in controlled canoeing areas. This trip is free but advanced registration is required.
July 8: Seed Savers Exchange - Despite being a place dedicated to plants, Seed Savers Exchange is an exciting birding location in northeast Iowa hosting nearly 60 species year-round. Join us as we spend a summer day exploring the Seed Savers Farm, enjoying great birds and beautiful flowers, and learning about the importance of plants to birds! This trip is free but advanced registration is required.
August 26: Swan Lake State Park - With a diversity of habitats, Swan Lake State Park has hosted 180 bird species or more and has become an exciting birding location in western Iowa. Join us as we partner with Carroll County Conservation for a morning of searching for and learning about birds. Naturalist and local bird expert Matt Wetrich will be leading us on this adventure. You won't want to miss it! 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.
Young birder soars in national competition
Iowa Young Birders member Coralee Bodeker earned top ranks in the American Birding Association's 2016 Young Birder of the Year competition. Among the many who participated in her age group, Coralee tied for first place in the field notebook competition and took third place in the writing competition. Great job Coralee!
Pictured left is Coralee at a recent birding event she hosted at her local nature center (Courtesy of Ruby Bodeker)
Shorebird ID Workshop
We had a great morning learning about shorebird identification at Iowa State University! READ MORE HERE!
Birding in Lucas County
Birders of all ages enjoyed a morning building Barn Owl boxes as part of the Lucas County Birding Festival. The boxes we built will be placed throughout Lucas County to help provide critical nesting sites for this fascinating species! 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!