Birds and birding in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Des Moines Audubon Society

Des Moines Audubon Society was organized in 1923 by a group of folks interested in the birds of the area. Although it is not a chapter of National Audubon, there is an affiliation and the Des Moines group actively participates in the statewide coalition Iowa Audubon.

Be sure to download the Makoke Trail birding guide for help in finding the best places to bird in central Iowa. Also check out our Birding By Month feature for more ideas of what species may be found at various times of the year. You may also find our site map of some value for specific directions.

Upcoming Des Moines Audubon Events

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Next Meeting

2012 Iowa Big Year - Paul Roisen’s presentation for our October meeting will be about his 2012 Iowa Big Year. His program will include photos of many of the birds he was blessed to find. Paul’s presentation style is very informal—he really enjoys interaction with and questions from the audience. Paul has been birding for just under ten years and has been blessed by the many helpful people around Iowa and in particular members of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union and the Loess Hills Audubon Society (Sioux City and surrounding area). Paul grew up in Madagascar, the son of a Lutheran missionary, where he attended a French pre-school and elementary school. He claims to be an addicted birder and travels all over the USA with his wife. They have also traveled to France, Norway, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and Canada. In January of 2013 he was privileged to spend 15 days in Ecuador with two fellow IOU members.
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Next Field Trip

  Please contact Denny Thompson at 254-0837 or cndthomps@acm.org for more information.
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