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

- Des Moines Audubon does not hold meetings during June, July, and August. Please join us in September for our next meeting.
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Next Field Trip

September field trip - Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking area of Campground #4 in Jester Park on Saturday, September 10. Ray Harden, Des Moines Audubon member, and Mike Havlik of Dallas County Conservation will lead us on this field trip. We’ll be looking for pelicans, herons, egrets, and other migrating species on and around Saylorville Lake and we’ll also visit the Jester Park bird blind, take short hikes in the woods, or go wherever the birds lead us. Bring a scope if you have one. For information contact Ray Harden at rayharden2@aol.com or 515-465-5504. In case of threatening weather conditions, contact Ray. A map of Jester Park can be found at: http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/media/297898/JesterPark_WebMap2014.pdf   Please contact Denny Thompson at 254-0837 or cndthomps@gmail.com for more information.
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