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.


    • February 05, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual

    Join us for another fun morning of virtual feeder-watching! This morning, we'll travel (virtually, of course) to Central America to watch the Panama fruit feeders hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. What might visit during our time? Your guess is as good as ours! A Gray-cowled Wood-Rail or Blue-Gray Tanager, perhaps? Maybe we'll be lucky enough to see a Keel-billed Toucan? Sign up for this fun morning learning about birds from another part of the world! This trip is free but advanced registration is required. A computer or smart device with an internet connection is required to join this event.

    • March 26, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sioux City

    The Loess Hills landform, stretching along the Missouri River in western Iowa, is one of only a few of this landform in the world. Not surprisingly, this area is fantastic for seeing some of Iowa's special birds! Join us for a morning visit to Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, nestled in the heart of the Loess Hills near Sioux City. We'll join Woodbury County Parks for a hike exploring the prairies and Bur Oak forests of this area with hopes of seeing some neat wildlife, plants, and birds of course! This trip is free but advanced registration is required. 

    • April 09, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Sumner

    The Sandhill Crane, one of the most regal birds seen on marshes and prairies throughout the Midwest, has made an impressive comeback in Iowa. Extirpated from Iowa by the mid-19th Century due largely to loss of habitat, Sandhill Cranes return to nest in Iowa in 1992 thanks to efforts to restore wetland habitats across the state. Today, they're known to nest in nearly 39 of Iowa's counties!

    A big part of this successful comeback is careful monitoring of Sandhill Crane populations, and this year we're going to help! We're partnering with Bremer County Conservation Board and their intrepid volunteers to help count Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh in northeast Iowa. Join us to learn about this fun bird, their habitat, and how to count them. This is sure to be a unique and fun experience! This trip is free but advanced registration is required.

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