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Building Better Birders: Introduction to Waterfowl & Upland Game Birds of Iowa

Saturday, October 30, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am Add to Calendar

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
1434 316th Lane
Missouri Valley, IA 51555

All Ages


Join us at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 30th at 9:00 a.m. for Building Better Birders: Introduction to the Waterfowl & Upland Gamebirds of Iowa & learn more about these interesting bird species. 

During the fall, DeSoto’s wetlands become a temporary home for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Join us for a hike, a workshop, or the whole day learning about shore birds, waterfowl, and upland game birds of Iowa.  This is a free program conducted by Kelly McKay with the BioEco Research and Monitoring Center with assistance from Mark Roberts from Clinton County Conservation and Brian Ritter with Nahant Marsh Education Center. Funding for this program is provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program.

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. Online pre-registration will open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.

This is the second of five Building Better Birders workshops scheduled for Saturday, October 30th at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.

7:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Sunrise Guided Birding Hike
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Introduction to the Waterfowl & Upland Gamebirds of Iowa
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Mid-Day Guided Observation from the Visitor Center
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Introduction to the Waterbirds of Iowa
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Afternoon Guided Observation from the Visitor Center

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: These programs will be held at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge located at 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 51555. From Interstate 29 take Exit 75 for Missourie Valley, Iowa/Blair, Nebraska & turn west & travel approximately 8 miles out of town. The refuge is located on the south side of Highway 30. Follow signs to the Visitor Center.

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 may be adjusted. Please check back for updates.

This event is not pet friendly, service animals are always welcome. Please meet at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 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.

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