Field Trips

Dennis Thompson, Field Trip LeaderMonthly field trips, held the second Saturday of the month, provide wonderful outdoor experiences for Des Moines Audubon members and guests.  Not only are these opportunities to see some good birds, they are also times of socializing with people who enjoy the same things that you do.  Destinations are selected based on the likelihood of finding a nice selection of species for the time of year.  The Berriers enjoying spring wildflowers at Neal Smith NWRAlthough many of the destiinations are within close proximity of Des Moines proper, a few may venture outside the county.


Beginners are very welcome and this is a great way to improve your birding skills by joining a wide range of birders.


Check the details below for the next field trip location, meet the group at the meeting place for car-pooling, grab your binoculars and bird book, and be sure to pack a few of those fresh-baked cookies to share with your friends!

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

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Shiripuno Lodge – the heart of Amazonian Ecuador - Dennis and Cecille Thompson spent a week last fall at Shipuno Lodge in the lowlands of Amazonian Ecuador. The lodge is within the tribal grounds of the Waorani nation which adjoins Yasuni National Park. A six-hour motorized canoe ride was required to reach the lodge. No electricity or hot water made for a true “away from it all” experience. As a result of its remoteness, some bird and monkey species that are heavily persecuted in more settled areas are common there (think macaws, guans, currosaws, and wooly monkeys). Most of the habitat is terra firme forest. This is Amazonian forest that is not seasonally flooded and has a whole range of rare or little-known neotropical species. Antbirds, toucans, jacamars, puffbirds and other exotics were routinely encountered. Join Dennis and Cecille for a peek at a beautiful wilderness area that few get to visit.
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Photo by Reid Allen

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