Our primary programs are field trips and other special events for young birders ages 8-18.  Unless specified, there is no cost to attend but advance registration is required.   Parents/grandparents are encouraged to participate (required for young birders under age 12.)  All of our programs are conducted according to the Iowa Young Birders Code of Conduct.  If you have any questions about our programs, please contact us.


    • November 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual

    With a wingspan of nearly six feet and weighing more than 20 pounds, the Trumpeter Swan is the largest of the waterfowl species native to Iowa and North America. Trumpeter Swans disappeared from much of the Midwest by the mid-1900's, but successful restoration efforts by several states including Iowa have brought this charismatic bird back to our wetlands! Now, researchers are working to learn about Trumpeter Swan movements, including where they spend the winter and how they get there, as swan populations continue to expand throughout the Midwest. Join us for a virtual presentation from David Wolfson, a Ph.D. student with the University of Minnesota, about his research studying Trumpeter Swan movements using GPS collars. David will share with us some fun facts about Trumpeter Swans and some neat maps showing swan movements, including some birds that were captured in Iowa. We hope you can join us to learn about these amazing birds! This event is free but advanced registration is required. A computer or smart device with a microphone and internet connection is recommended for this event but there will be an option to call in.

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