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.


    • January 30, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Statewide
    Snowy Owls are beautiful and fascinating birds that occasionally visit Iowa in years when they are moving south from their arctic tundra breeding grounds in search of food. Until 2013, when Project SNOWStorm was started, not much was known about these southward movements made by Snowy Owls. We're excited to host naturalist, author (who wrote the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean), and Project SNOWStorm founder Scott Weidensaul for a virtual event to learn all about these amazing birds! Scott will help us learn more about Snowy Owls and will share with us the knowledge gained from nearly 9 years of tracking Snowy Owls with GPS devices. We're lucky to have Scott join us, and we hope you can join us too! This trip is free but advanced registration is required. In addition, a computer or smart device with a microphone or internet connection is recommended to join this event, but there is also the opportunity to call in.

    Photo credit: Chris DeSorbo

    • February 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Statewide
    Despite being somewhat common throughout Iowa, the Eastern Screech-owl is often forgotten because it's much less visible and vocal than our larger owl species. They are, however, arguably one of the cutest birds we see in Iowa! We're excited to partner with the Iowa Wildlife Center and Wild Birds Unlimited of Ames on a virtual event dedicated to learning all about this member of the Strigidae family. Rumor has it a live Eastern Screech-owl may make an appearance. You won't want to miss it, so grab your lunch and join us for this fun educational event! This event is free but advanced registration (prior to February 18) is required in order to receive details about the event. A computer or smart device with a microphone and internet connection is recommended for joining this event, but there will also be an option to call in.

    Photo credit: Adam Betuel, Macaulay Library

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