Iowa Ornithologists' Union meeting - The fall IOU meeting will be headquartered at the Best Western Metro North motel in Ankeny. Field trips to local birding sites on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Shorebird migration should be in full swing and it's a prime time for late summer vagrants.
The keynote speaker will be John Vanderpoel from Denver, Colorado. In 2011, John set off to attempt a North American Big Year. His whirlwind adventure took him to all corners of North America. Scores of interesting people and more North American birds in one year than in his entire life awaited John. John's presentation "Full Chase Mode: My 2011 Big Year" will include different stories from his Big Year adventures, some humorous and some informative.
Saturday afternoon presentations are the following:
Rich Leopold from Polk County Conservation will provide a status of the Polk County Water and Land Legacy Fund initiative titled “Exciting Promises Being Fulfilled”. Also, Kevin Murphy will present results from his study of shorebird use of sheetwater in Iowa’s Prairie Pothole region. Both should be very interesting programs.
Registration is $20. For a full schedule, dining options, and field trips, visit www.iowabirds.org/meeting or contact Denny Thompson at 515-254-0837.