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.


    • August 18, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ottumwa

    Mississippi Kite 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.

    Photo credit:  Chris Davis, Macaulay Library

    • September 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Pella

    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.

    • October 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ruthven
    The abundance of prairie wetlands in northwest Iowa makes it an ideal area for finding wetland birds.  Join us as we partner with Palo Alto County Conservation Board on a quest for fall wetland species such as Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows, migrating Soras and Virginia Rails, and many other wetland species.  We may even stumble upon a Yellow Rail, a rare wetland species that migrates through Iowa in spring and fall.  This trip is free but advanced registration is required.

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