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!

Next Field Trip

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

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Photo by Reid Allen

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Raptors of the Midwest - Join wildlife photographer Ty Smedes for an educational presentation where you will learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. We’ll discuss their physical traits as well as identifying the prey they seek, and the habitat they prefer for nesting and rearing their young. You’ll also learn tips for identifying these birds of prey, when you spot one sitting or on the wing. And of course there will be many colorful photos to help with identification. Ty’s photos have been published by many major magazines and book publishers, so it should be a beautiful presentation.
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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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