History and Background
Our logo depicting an American Kestrel rising over the green fields of Iowa was designed by Katie Anderson. From the Cornell Lab's All About Birds, the American Kestrel is "North America's littlest falcon, the American Kestrel packs a predator's fierce intensity into its small body." A classic bird of the Iowa roadsides, the American Kestrel was selected by the American Birding Association as its 2012 Bird of the Year; this is the same year that Iowa Young Birders started offering field trips.
Our motto, Explore. Inspire. Conserve. reflects our mission to promote engagement with our natural world and conservation issues by empowering young Iowans to study and enjoy birds and birding.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Iowa Young Birders promotes engagement with our natural world and conservation issues by empowering young Iowans to study and enjoy birds and birding.
In doing so, Iowa Young Birders accomplishes the following objectives:
Governance and Reporting
On January 5, 2012, our Board of Directors approved Bylaws which you can view here. On January 29, 2012, we submitted our application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status and on May 15th, our request was approved and here is our IRS Tax-exemption Letter. Our tax identification number is 45-2925567.
In accordance with IRS regulations, we are required to file an annual short form "postcard" Form 990-N and here is our latest filing. Per IRS regulations, organizations are not required to file the full Form 990 until organizational revenues exceed $50,000 annually.
Iowa Young Birders is committed to the highest standards of transparency and best practices and we have qualified as a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant. See our full Guidestar report here.
Our Vision and Values
The Iowa Young Birders is a pioneer and national leader in the development and application of best practices for encouraging and educating young birders to become conservation leaders and to enjoy a lifetime of birding.
Our values are also reflected in the Iowa Young Birders Code of Conduct, adopted by our Board of Directors in April 2012 to guide our activities and our conduct during our activities.
Fawn Bowden, Chair (Riverside, Iowa)
Jennifer Owens, Vice Chair (Ames, Iowa)
Carl Bendorf, Secretary/Treasurer and Founder (Longmont, Colorado)
Kathy Solko, Board Member (Nevada, Iowa)
Matt Wetrich, Board Member (Jefferson, Iowa)
Executive Director, Tyler Harms
Associate Director, Jayden Bowen
Past Board Members
Ross Silcock (Tabor, Iowa)
Dave Dierks (Iowa City, Iowa)
Bill Scheible (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Lynn Alex (Iowa City, Iowa)