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A Brown Cedar Falls Anytime English
C White Cedar Rapids Weekend English
J Sabin Des Moines Anytime English
C Winterwood Dubuque Anytime English
L Johnson Fort Madison Anytime English
I can give advice, directions, and possibly take people to birding sites here in S.E. Iowa on the Mississippi River and in several state forests(Shimeck) and state parks (Lacey-Keosauqua). I am a member of the Iowa-Bird list-serve and would know what birds are being seen at different seasons.
L Neher Grundy Center Anytime English
Pine Lake State park is 20 miles away. There is an old railroad that has been made into a bike/walking trail that has many of the local birds. I am retired and a novice birder.
M Torres Leon Anytime English
I am about 20 miles from a natural area set aside for Greater Prairie Chickens. They can be easily seen in the spring.


  W Woodward North Liberty Anytime English
  My wife and I are retired and are amateur birders. We maintain a trail of about 28 bluebird nest boxes at a local golf course. This is birding up close and personal as we open the boxes to monitor them.

Besides Eastern Bluebirds using our nest boxes we have Chickadees and House Wrens. Other species we have seen along our trail are Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Gray Catbirds and Goldfinches. Also locally there are good places to see Bald Eagles along the Iowa River. And then we are friends with another local birder who maintains a number of Purple Martin colony houses.

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching,

B Harrington Pleasant Hill Anytime English, Spanish
We see most of the common Midwestern songbirds in our area, plus many hawks and occasional eagles near the rivers. We also see games birds such as pheasant, wild turkey and quail.
Sioux City


  P Roisen Sioux City Anytime with prior arrangements. English, French
  Obsessed birder since 2004. Love wildlife, the outdoors, and photography.

Traveled all over Iowa with current goal of trying to record at least 100 species in all 99 counties.

Iowa list of 359. I also have interest in very nearby South Dakota and Nebraska.

As you may have guessed I am a hard-core birder so we can go at any pace you like. Slow and easy or check-em off and move on. Have an all wheel drive vehicle and would ask for gas money only if we use my vehicle. Overnights negotiable if we need a hotel someplace.

Good birding to you.
Area: Woodbury, Plymouth, Monona counties primarily. Stone State Park, Broken Kettle Graslands, Sioux City Prairie, Bacon Creek, Brown's Lake, Snyder's Bend, Owego Wetlands plus numerous unnamed local areas.

I am also willing to travel several counties in one day if that is what is desired.

Note: Areas would include grasslands, wetlands, lakes, and woods.

Area Birds: Black-billed Magpie --the only place in Iowa
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, travel in general
Travel: car, walks
Visit: nature spots
Attend: State birding organization Spring and Fall meetings around the United States and attend church regularly.

My Life List

R Morgan Sioux City Anytime English
We can visit several places, depending on what type of bird is available at the time. We go down to Onawa Iowa quite often also.

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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Iowa
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Big Bluestem Audubon Society Club
Cedar Rapids Audubon Society Club
Dubuque Audubon Society Club
Loess Hills Audubon Society Club
Northern Iowa Prairie Lakes Audubon Society Club
Prairie Rapids Audubon Society Club
Quad City Audubon Society Club
Southeast Iowa Audubon Society Club
Tallgrass Prairie Audubon Society Club
Upper Iowa Audubon Society Club
Iowa Ornithologists' Union Club
Iowa Purple Martins Organization Club
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