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

Iowa Young Birders, by Tyler Harms - Tyler Harms has been the Executive Director of Iowa Young Birders since 2015. A Kossuth County native, Tyler's first involvement with the organization was as a volunteer leader for the first ever "Young Birder Day" in Ames in 2013. Since then, he has helped plan more than 70 field trips, special events, and virtual learning opportunities for young birders across Iowa. A birder himself, Tyler has been an active member of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union since 2009 and has served the organization on the Board of Directors, Special Projects Committee, ad hoc Membership Survey Committee, and as the Spring Field Reports Editor. Tyler currently lives in Ames with his wife Ashley and two sons Graham (9) and Otis (4), all of whom enjoy the outdoors and birds as much as he does.
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Many thanks to Reid Allen, Dick Stilwell and Jay Gilliam for the beautiful images you find in our site.

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Next Field Trip

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