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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • June 13, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • June 16, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tomah, Wisconsin
    • 24
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    Among the many neat birds found in central Wisconsin each summer, two are very special: the Kirtland's Warbler and Whooping Crane. Two of the rarest birds in North America, both the Kirtland's Warbler and the Whooping Crane have been listed as a Federally Endangered species. Both species rely on habitat types that are somewhat unique on the Midwestern landscape. The Kirtland's Warbler requires areas of young Jack Pine managed with prescribed fire that are largely limited to the northern Great Lakes Region, and the Whooping Crane a mosaic of marshes and sandy grasslands.

    Join us on this special trip to search for these two species, as well as the many other species that call central Wisconsin home in summer. We'll visit several different birding locations, including Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, to learn about the many different habitat types in this region. Other species we hope to see include Eastern Whip-poor-will, Sandhill Crane, Veery, Blue-winged Warbler, and Pine Warbler. 

    Participation is limited, so register now to reserve your spot! You can view more details about the trip here. We hope you can join us! 

    Photo: Male Kirtland's Warbler (Credit: Jeol Trick, Wikimedia Commons)

    • June 29, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Bickett-Rate Memorial Preserve, Buchanan, Iowa
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    A native of northeastern Iowa, Althea Sherman was a self-taught ornithologist who was one of the first to document the somewhat secretive life of nesting Chimney Swifts by building a special observation tower at her home. The tower now stands at Bickett-Rate Memorial Preserve and still hosts nesting Chimney Swifts each year. Join us for a visit to this unique and historic attraction to see nesting Chimney Swifts up close! Bickett-Rate is also home to many other special birds in summer that we hope to see during our visit. Join us for this special experience! This trip is free but advance registration is required.

    Iowa Young Birders welcomes everyone to the outdoors regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, religion, creed, national origin, or disability status. Our events can accommodate wheelchairs, vision and hearing impairments, and other health conditions. For questions, or to request accommodations for an upcoming event, please send us a message or email. As an IAYB event, this field trip is open to young birders and their parents/guardians/caretakers. 

    Photo: Chimney Swift nest taken by Barbara Boyle


    • August 03, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Elkhart, Iowa
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    We’re excited to partner with our friends from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a morning of birding at Snyder Heritage Farm! A 154-acre natural area just north of the Des Moines metro, Snyder Heritage Farm hosts a diversity of ecosystems including grassland, oak savanna, woodland, and wetlands. Perhaps not surprisingly, the area is home to diversity of birds as well! Join us for a fun morning looking for grassland birds and prairie wildflowers at this gem of an area in central Iowa. This trip is free to attend but advance registration is required.

    Snyder Heritage Farm was donated to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation by Al and Gladys Snyder, a couple who held a deep love for the land and wished to preserve the integrity of their farm and protect it from urban sprawl.

    Iowa Young Birders welcomes everyone to the outdoors regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, religion, creed, national origin, or disability status. Our events can accommodate wheelchairs, vision and hearing impairments, and other health conditions. For questions, or to request accommodations for an upcoming event, please send us a message or email. As an IAYB event, this field trip is open to young birders and their parents/guardians/caretakers. 


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