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

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in North Carolina - *Please note, this program could be postponed due to the spread of the delta variant of the Coronavirus. At the time of the publication of this newsletter, Polk County has not made an announcement about cancelations. If there is a cancelation, an attempt will be made to contact you. **Masks are required in Polk County Buildings and social distancing guidelines will be required. In November of 2019 Ray and Margaret Harden took a Road Scholar birding trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks. They spent a week on Emerald Island at the Trinity Conference Center, about three hours southeast of Raleigh. They birded on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the woodland trails of the island, salt water marshes, estuaries, and at Fort Macon State Park. They took a ferry boat ride to the Rachel Carson Preserve where they saw a large flock of shorebirds. Part of the trip included a visit to an aquarium and nature center with a boardwalk that overlooked the island's Bogue Sound. Their group of birders recorded ninety-nine species of birds during the weeklong trip. The highlight was adding three new species to their life list and getting some good photographs of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker in the Croatan National Forrest.
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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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