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 Field Trip

Christmas Count - Des Moines Audubon Society’s 2016 Christmas Bird Count will be held on Friday, December 23 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The annual Christmas Bird Count will take the place of our regular field trip in December—plan for a day of counting birds in the Des Moines count circle. Please contact count organizer Denny Thompson at 515-254-0837 or cndthomps@gmail.com ahead of time if you plan to participate and we’ll divide into teams to check various Des Moines areas. Dress warm and appropriately. Bring food and beverage for the day and plan to stay as long as possible. If you wish to remain at home but still want to be a part of this count, you may do so by keeping track of the birds visiting your neighborhood, in your backyard and at your feeders. Keep track of how many of each species you see during the day and at the end of the day, report to Denny   Please contact Denny Thompson at 254-0837 or cndthomps@gmail.com for more information.
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