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

Purple Martins: America’s Most Wanted Bird! - Tim Gedler, Park Manager for Walnut Woods State Park, will present a program on Purple Martins at our February meeting. His program will highlight many aspects of the largest member of the swallow family in the United States. The Purple Martin has had a close relationship with mankind dating back to Native Americans who were among the first people to place natural gourds around their settlements to attract these beautiful birds. The program will focus on the life history of the species as well what it takes in the “modern” world to attract nesting martins. Learn all about the hard work involved as well as the many benefits of becoming a Purple Martin “Landlord”. Tim is a graduate of Simpson College (1986) with Environmental Science Degrees. His past work experiences include National Audubon and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, the National Park Service in Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota. He has worked with Iowa DNR state parks bureau for nearly thirty years at Prairie Rose State Park, George Wyth State Park, and currently at Walnut Woods State Park in West Des Moines.
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Next Field Trip

February field trip - For the February field trip, we'll visit Big Creek SP and the Moeckley Prairie area near Polk City. We'll look for Gray Partridge, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs in the open country. We'll work the pine and cedar groves at Big Creek for winter passerines. Please meet at the Saylorville Visitor Center at 8:00.   Please contact Denny Thompson at 254-0837 or cndthomps@gmail.com for more information.
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