About Des Moines Audubon

The 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 Iowa Audubon.

Helping a family observe pelicansIn addition to monthly meetings with a variety of fascinating programs and monthly field trips, held the second Saturday of the month and ably led by Dennis Thompson to find birds in central Iowa, our members are active participants in various community outdoor activities.  Many volunteers from Des Moines Audubon help with community events sponsored by the Polk County Conservation Board or various city parks boards.  In the true tradition of "No Child Left Inside", the pure enjoyment of helping young people see a pelican through the scope or watching a reaction to a live hawk up close and personal is one of the personal birding highlights for many of our members. Check the upcoming events for how you can get involved.

Des Moines Audubon provides financial support and volunteers to keep feeder operations in place at the Saylorville Reservoir Visitor's Center and the bird blind at Walnut Woods State Park.  You dues help to keep this very public project going.

Engaging the next generation of birders - (c) Iowa Young BirdersRecently Des Moines Audubon has partnered with a new organization - Iowa Young Birders.  The inaugural young birders field trip was held in Johnston in July 2012 with our own field trip leader, Dennis Thompson, helping these young people enjoy the experience.

The Des Moines Christmas Bird Count is held during the national count period each year.  Members also participate in the Saylorville count as well as others around Central Iowa.  Watch the calendar for this year's dates and details.

Upcoming Des Moines Audubon Events

Photo by Reid Allen

Next Meeting

Butterflies, Pollinators, Plants, and People - Declines in the number of domestic honey bees that began nearly a decade ago have led to increased interest in the “other” pollinators and what can be done by gardeners to promote and enhance the pollinator community on which much of our varied food supply depends. The 94% decline in the number of monarch butterflies (1996 to 2014) similarly has people wondering what they can do to help. What have you done for pollinators and butterflies lately? What more could you do? What more should you do? These and other questions and issues will be explored by Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU Extension & Outreach Entomologist. Be sure to bring your insect-related observations, anecdotes and questions for the Q&A. Donald Lewis is a Professor and Extension Entomologist with the Iowa State University Department of Entomology. Dr. Lewis is responsible for outreach education on insect pest management in turfgrass, trees and shrubs, fruit, vegetables and households.

Photo by Reid Allen

Next Field Trip

  Please contact Denny Thompson at 254-0837 or cndthomps@gmail.com for more information.