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


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Saturday, October 30, 2021
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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
1434 316th Lane
Missouri Valley, IA 51555

All Ages

Free with paid park admission

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. 

Join us for a hike, register for a workshop or even spend the entire day learning about shore birds, waterfowl and upland game birds of Iowa!

This is a free program (with paid park admission) that will be 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. This program is open to all ages but is geared toward participants age 12 & over.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP – CEP).

This is the first of five Building Better Birders workshops scheduled for Saturday, October 30th at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Attendees may register for all programs or may select the ones that most interest them:

7:00 to 8:45 a.m. - Sunrise Guided Birding Hike
9:00 to 10:45 a.m. - Introduction to the Waterfowl & Upland Gamebirds of Iowa
11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Mid-Day Guided Observation from the Visitor Center
1:00 to 2:45 p.m. - Introduction to the Waterbirds of Iowa
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Afternoon Guided Observation from the Visitor Center

Directions: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located at 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 51555. From Interstate 29 take Exit 75 for Missouri 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.

Please meet at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Face Masks are currently required inside the Visitor Center.

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

This event is not pet friendly, service animals are always welcome.

2021 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation 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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