Short-eared Owl in Rehab
Photo courtesy of Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project

On December 12th this beautiful Short-eared Owl was rescued from a roadside in Bremer County and taken to the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project. The owl has a fracture of the radius/ulna and will be in a splint for a month. 

If you find an injured bird, call 319-277-6511.

If you would like to support the important work of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project see their website:

Click the link to read this New York Times article: Winter Bird Watching Brings Solace

Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) 2018-19

Saturday, Dec. 15th: Bremer County
We saw some great birds; a few species were reported that should have migrated a long time ago. Consult our Sightings page for more details.

Thursday, Dec. 20th: Hardin County
Call Mark Proescholdt at 641-496-5219 for information.

Saturday, Dec. 22nd: Cedar Falls-Waterloo
We will meet at 7:00 am at the Hy-Vee at College Square to get maps and CBC tally sheets and then split up and start working the count circle from there. We will meet at around noon back at the Hy-Vee at College Square for lunch and to see what species that we may need to find the rest of the day. For questions, contact Francis Moore at 319-269-0741 or

Remember that you do not have to be out all day but you do need to keep track of your time in the count circle, mileage both on foot and via vehicle (or boat, or bicycle, etc.).

Saturday, Dec. 22nd: Christmas Bird Count Tally Potluck Dinner
We will meet at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 22 at the Cedar Falls Visitor's Center on Hudson Road. We will then compile results of the two CBC's and enjoy a potluck with those who come to compile with us. Everyone please bring something to share, your own table service and beverage. You needn't have counted birds with us to join us for this potluck. Come share food and conversation with us and learn about the birds we observed.

Buchanan County CBC: To be announced. Check this link to see if details from the organizer have been shared.

If you would like to participate in the Christmas Bird Count by counting birds at your feeders contact Francis Moore at so confirmation that your residence is included in the count circle can be made.

Birding 101 & New Years Day Hikes - Fontana Nature Center Programs
New Year’s Day Woodland Walks
Guy Grover Timber
2720 Nolen Ave., Rowley, IA
Tuesday, January 1, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Cedar Rock State Park
2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd., Independence, IA
Tuesday, January 1, 1 – 2 pm
Start off the first day of 2019 with a guided walk through Guy Grover Timber and Tree Plantings.  The rolling landscape along the Wapsipinicon River Corridor provides a great nature experience in this wonderful resource located near Quasqueton.  Following the Grover walk, participants can grab a lunch in Quasqueton (or bring their own), and then head to nearby Cedar Rock State Park at 1 p.m. for another walk.   Participants need to be sure to register for each walk online.  Preregistration is required by going to and clicking on ‘Public Events.’

For more information about Fontana's events, contact Michael Maas at 319-636-2617 or

Thayer Birding Software Offer- Free to kids; discounted for others

Kids from pre-K through high school students may download a FREE copy of the Thayer Birding software by visiting, clicking the Windows or Mac download button and entering the code shown below:


Then click the Apply button and Free Checkout.

College and grad students can get a 50% discount by using the code  STUDENT
Teachers can get a 50% discount by using the code  TEACHER
Wildlife professionals can get a 50% discount by using the code WILDLIFE

This amazing birding software, for Windows or Mac computers, features the 1,007 birds that have been seen in the continental United States and Canada. The software includes 6,856 color photos, 1,506 songs and calls, 552 video clips of birds in action, 700 quizzes and much, much more. Use the ID Wizard to identify unknown birds in your yard. Keep track of the birds you see. Compare any two birds side-by-side. Read all about the bird’s nests, eggs, feeding habits and more.
Thayer Birding Software's founder, Peter Thayer, decided that this would be the perfect way to celebrate his 70th birthday!"It is time to give back something to the birding community and to the millions of young birders (and potential young birders) who just need a spark to get them started on a life-long quest for knowledge about our natural world and the importance of preserving the habitat we still have. What better way than this to celebrate the year of the bird? Our goal is to give away one million free copies of the birding program to kids everywhere."

2018 Grant Project Funds Awarded
Your donations are working to make a difference to birds, people and habitats. See our Making a Difference page for more details.

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