Solon, Iowa – December 3, 2012 – Iowa Young Birders has been awarded a grant of $20,025 by the Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP) to support a series of field trips in 2013 and to develop a best practices model for young birder field trips that will be available to other organizations. The mission of Iowa Young Birders is to encourage and develop the next generation of leaders and advocates for the birding and conservation communities.
“There are few things more exciting for a young person interested in birds than getting out ‘in the wild’ to experience first-hand having a hawk swoosh by so close you can hear its wings, or seeing the sun catch the iridescent glow of a hummingbird,” said Carl Bendorf, Executive Director of Iowa Young Birders. “This generous grant will allow us to expand our existing successful field trip program to more locations throughout Iowa so more young Iowans can go birding! We are also excited to be collaborating with three great organizations on this project—the American Birding Association, Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, and Iowa Audubon.”
Iowa Young Birder field trips are open to any young birder age 8 through 18 and parents are always encouraged to attend. Our 2013 schedule is found at http://www.iowayoungbirders.org/calendar/. In 2012, seven field trips were enjoyed by more than 100 young birders, parents, families, and volunteer leaders. An Iowa Young Birders field trip this past October was recently featured on Iowa Public Television’s popular Iowa Outdoors show, available for online viewing at http://www.iptv.org/iowaoutdoors/.
Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP) is 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, visit www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/REAP/REAPFundingatWork/ConservationEducation
Iowa Young Birders is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 to encourage young Iowans to study and enjoy birds and birding. For more information, visit www.iowayoungbirders.org or call 319-333-9667.