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

Owls of Iowa by Joel Van Roekel - When Des Moines Parks and Recreation decided to add Environmental Education staff to their program, Joel took the position and ever since then, has been working to make connections between the public and the wildlife that exists in our Des Moines City Parks. Programs and events take place throughout the year that provide education and recreation blended together to entice people get outside while they have some fun and hopefully learn something new. Snowshoeing under the Snow Moon in February or Stand Up Paddleboarding on Gray’s Lake in August to see the cliff swallow nests are just a couple of examples of events that he has presented. Joel graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with two seasonal internship experiences with Black Hawk County Conservation and then went to work for Warren County Conservation Board as the County Naturalist. From there he came to Des Moines Parks and Recreation as the Supervisor of Environmental Education.
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Many thanks to Reid Allen, Dick Stilwell and Jay Gilliam for the beautiful images you find in our site.

Photo by Reid Allen

Next Field Trip

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