Field Trips are free and open to the public. Meeting place varies and is noted in the schedule. Carpooling is encouraged and figured out at the designated meeting place and time. Some trips are accessible to people with disabilities.
Meetings are held at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Room A, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, generally at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
. 2018 Course Schedule and details
April 19, Thursday, 7 p.m. Meeting at the Kent Park Conservation Education Center. Please note the change of venue! Linda Rudolph will present “Birding Australia.”
Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. Field Trip to WATERWORKS PARK. Visit this Iowa City park with great trails
for woodland, prairie, and wetland species. Meet at Waterworks Park, off Dubuque St.
April 21, Saturday, 8 a.m. Song Sleuth Workshop at the Conservation Headquarters Building at Kent Park. Rick Hollis will lead a hands-on workshop on using Song Sleuth, an app designed to identify birds by their songs. The iPhone version is available now and the Android version will be released in May. Participants will learn about the app and use it in the field. Only those who currently have the iPhone app or intend to get the Android app should attend.
Birding Course: Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. WARBLER IDENTIFICATION & REVIEW by Karen Disbrow. Warblers are
among our most colorful birds, but identification can be a challenge. Compare and contrast similar species. 2018 Course Schedule
Sunday, April 29, 8 a.m. Field Trip to HICKORY HILL PARK. May is prime time for viewing warblers in
Iowa, and this park is an eastern Iowa hot spot for viewing migrant warblers and other songbirds. Meet at Hickory
Hill Park, at the parking lot at the end of Conklin Lane, off N Dodge St.
April 29, Sunday, 6:30 a.m. Shimek State Forest. This joint trip with the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union will target SE Iowa specialties and early migrants including Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Bewick’s Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, and White-eyed Vireo. Advanced registration is required (coming soon at http://iowabirds.org/Connections/SpecialEvents.aspx). Pack water, snacks/lunch, and insect repellent. Expect hiking on wooded trails at several stopping spots. We will return to Iowa City by mid-afternoon. Meet leader Dan Rose at the Fin & Feather parking lot at 6:30 a.m.
April 30 – May 25, Weekdays, 6:30 a.m. Hickory Hill Park Warbler Walks. Co-sponsored by Bur Oak Land Trust with leaders Mark Madsen, Jason Paulios, Dan Rose, Chris Edwards, and Elliot Stalter. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Conklin Lane. Daily sightings will be posted on our web site.
May 2, Wednesday, 8 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk with leader Rick Hollis. Meet at the CEC.
May 12, Saturday. Spring Migration Count. Bird in teams to count as many birds as possible in Johnson County. Species and individual birds are tallied – last year 156 species were recorded. Gather for a noon sack lunch at the North Liberty Community Center. Afternoon birding is encouraged but optional. To participate on a team, email Chris Caster at email@example.com in advance of count day.