Wednesday Morning Birding Starts Sept 4th
Swift Night Out - Sept 6th @ Denver, IA
See details on the Field Trips page.


Iowa Master Naturalist Fall 2019 Course Now Open for Applications
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the flora and fauna of Iowa? Are you interested in sharpening your identification skills for birds, wildflowers, trees, insects, mushrooms, reptiles, etc.? 

The Fall 2019 Iowa Master Naturalists course will be hosted by the Wickiup Hill Nature Learning Center located just North of Cedar Rapids (10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341).  Classes begin Mon, Sep 9 and meet every Monday evening from 6:30-9:30 PM though Nov 25.  Field trips are held on Saturdays. The cost is $250.00, which covers 40 hours of instruction and all materials. To apply, visit the Iowa Master Naturalist website and download an application form.

Iowa Ornithologists' Union Fall Meeting
Aug 23-25, 2019

Join other birders from around the state and enjoy a great weekend with like-minded people! The meeting will be held at Central College. The keynote speaker will be award-winning videographer Tim Barksdale.  Late August is prime time for shorebird migration and Red Rock Reservoir can be a dynamite location to observe them and other rarities. There are nice woodlands and grasslands in the area for other fall migrants. Complete details are available now on the IOU website. Deadline for registering for this meeting with meals included is August 21st. If you don't want to purchase meals, then registration may be complete up until the event and/or at the door. Check it out...

Got your ducks in a row?!
Wood Ducks at George Wyth State Park, July 2019  Photo by Ron Kuper


Remember spring warblers? They'll be confusing fall warblers soon!
Canada Warbler - George Wyth State Park   Photo by Scott Garrett


Blackpoll Warbler at George Wyth State Park  Photo by Scott Garrett



Connecticut Warbler - Riverview Park, Waterloo   Photo by Tom Schilke


Bay-breasted Warbler  Hickory Hills -- B. Plakke

Chestnut-sided Warbler  Hickory Hills  Photo courtesy of Bruce Plakke


Black-throated Blue Warbler male seen May 7 at the intersection of Hackett Rd & S. Riverside Trail  Photo by Scott Garrett


Bird-A-Thon 2019 - 187 species seen!
Click the Bird-A-Thon link above to see the species observed and the total number reported.

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