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Building Better Birders: Introduction to Sparrows, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, & Similar Species of Iowa

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542

All Ages


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Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Sunday, May 9th at 1:30 p.m. for Building Better Birders: Introduction to Sparrows, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Buntings & Similar Species of Iowa & learn more about these amazing birds that are common in Iowa. This workshop will be conducted by Kelly McKay (BioEco Research and Monitoring Center), with assistance from Mark Roberts (Clinton County Conservation) and Brian Ritter (Nahant Marsh Education Center) & is being presented as part of the Building Better Birders programming series. 

This program is open to all ages but is geared toward participants age 12 & over. There is no cost to attend this workshop. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. 

This is the fourth of five Building Better Birders workshops scheduled for Sunday, May 9th at Hitchcock Nature Center.

6:00 a.m. - Sunrise Guided Birding Hike
8:30 a.m. - Introduction to the Warblers of Iowa
10:30 a.m. - Mid-Morning Guided Birding Hike
1:30 p.m. - Introduction to Sparrows, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Buntings, and Similar Species of Iowa
3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Guided Birding Hike

Attendees may register for all programs or may select the ones that most interest them. Click the links above for more information on each workshop. 

Building Better Birders is a programming series designed to improve the bird identification skills of local citizens & promote a greater interest in citizen science programming. Workshops are presented free of charge & supported by the Resource Enhancement and Protection - Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).

*In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather participants will be notified via the email address provided during registration.

Due to COVID-19 the format of this program has been adjusted. 

  • 6-foot distance will be maintained between individuals/family groups
  • Masks required while inside and recommended when distancing is impossible outside
  • Staff will wear masks when 6-foot distance is not possible or indoors
  • Maximum registration has been reduced
  • Participants must sign a participation waiver upon arrival

This event is not pet friendly, service animals are always welcome. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge. Weather Permitting.

Funding for this workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection - Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP)

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2021 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

Map to Building Better Birders: Sunrise Guided Birding Hike

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