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CONSERVE.

WHAT WE DO

jeffandkidsIowa Young Birders, a not-for-profit organization, engages young people and families with the outdoors and conservation issues through the study and enjoyment of birds.  In 2013, more than 230 young birders, parents & grandparents, and volunteers took part in 13 field trips.  MORE…

LET'S GO BIRDING!

Field trips are a great way for young birders to visit Iowa’s birding hotspots, meet other young birders, and learn from experienced leaders.  All trips are open to young birders ages 8-18 and parents are encouraged to attend.  MORE…

 

FIELD TRIP PROJECT

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NEWS

  • Ames Field Trip July 26, 2014

    Eight young birders tallied about 45 species at McFarland Park near Ames on July 26th.  Highlights included Sedge Wren and a very cooperative pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Many thanks to volunteer leaders, Bill Scheible and…

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  • Iowa Young Birders Field Trip Project Wrap-up

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    Iowa Young Birders received a grant from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program/Conservation Education Program (REAP/CEP) to support the offering of field trips in 2013 and the development and testing of a field trip protocol….

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  • Iowa Illinois Young Birder Weekend

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    On June 14th and 15th, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted 24 young birders from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin for Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend.  With parents joining us, were were nearly 50 birders...

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  • Field trip to Grinnell May 17, 2014

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    Ten young birders enjoyed a full morning of bird-banding and birding at the 75 acre farm of Bob and Connie Van Ersvelde in rural Poweshiek County.  Bob and Connie are volunteer bird banders and have…

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  • Field Trip to Burlington April 26, 2014

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    Seven young birders enjoyed a wonderful spring morning at Starr's Cave Nature Center in Burlington, Iowa. Highlights included an Eastern Phoebe nest built under the eave of the picnic shelter, multiple singing Yellow-throated and Northern...

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  • Iowa Ornithologists’ Union Checklists for Young Birders

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      Many thanks to the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union for donating a supply of their Field Checklist of Iowa Birds for use during our young birder field trips.  This handy checklist is perfect for tracking the…

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SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

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Iowa Young Birders is supported by a grant from the State of Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP), “supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resource projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.”  For more information about REAP, click here and for more about the Iowa Young Birders REAP grant project, click here.

Generous support for Iowa Young Birders has also been provided by the 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.