Founded in 2011 to encourage young people to get outdoors and go birding, Iowa Young Birders offers field trips all around the state.  Our trips are open to young birders ages 8-18 and parents are encouraged to attend.

Our upcoming field trips are listed on the right and our complete calendar is here.

Iowa Young Birders just returned from a fantastic two-day trip to Nebraska to witness the Sandhill Crane migration.  Read the full report (with lots of photos) here!

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Many thanks to the following generous sponsors of Crane Weekend:

Gold Sponsors:  Eagle Optics,  Dick and Sharon Stillwell, and Quad Cities Audubon

Silver Sponsors: Kearney Visitors Bureau, Tallgrass Prairie Audubon – Grinnell, and Loess Hills Audubon



Iowa Young Birder Camp Scholarship:  Young Iowa birders ages 13-18 who are considering attending one of the American Birding Association Young Birder Camps this summer should consider applying for a tuition scholarship of up to $500 from Iowa Young Birders.  Supported by generous donors, the Young Birder Camp Scholarship helps to support the future of Iowa’s birding and conservation communities.  READ MORE


Iowa Young Birders offers resources for other organizations and educators seeking to offer young birder field trips including results from our participant surveys and an outline of our field trip model.  It’s all here!

Generous support for Iowa Young Birders has also been provided by the State of Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP), Iowa Ornithologists’ Union,  Iowa Audubon, Cedar Rapids Audubon, and the Johnson County Songbird Project.

We are also grateful to the many individuals and families who support the mission and programs of Iowa Young Birders.