Iowa Birds & Birding
Welcome to the Iowa Ornithologists' Union website. We hope you will find useful information in our site and will join in the fun of adding your important records to our data as we learn together more about our state's avian life.
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Our Other Important Sites
Ann Barker Library
A searchable library of past issues of Iowa Bird Life from
1931 - 2011.
This great resource was made possible by a bequest from former president
Ann Barker and was created as a memorial to her.
Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas
The second atlas project is capturing data on breeding birds from 2008 through 2012.
Iowa birders enter their data in this application and everyone can follow the progress
in real time. Be sure to check out the distribution changes since the first project
in 1985 - 1990 with the overlay map.
Iowa's Important Bird Areas
In partnership with Iowa Audubon, IOU members have nominated and then provided data
to support designations of IBAs in Iowa. Continued monitoring of these areas
are supported by data entered into the IOU seasonal field reports.
From IA-BIRD Posts
Click on the "where" link to get directions from the gazetteer. Also check out our
photos of current Iowa rare birds.
Lake Red Rock, dam, waterfowl and gulls
In northern Marion Co. Scope above the dam from the overlook behind the Visitor’s Center at the south end of the dam (T-15), and from a small turn-in at the north end of the dam. The dam is at the southeast end of the lake. Access the spillway from the dam’s south end, east side of T-15. Eagle Creek subdivision - Take T-15, the road to the dam at the lake's southeast end, south from G-28, which skirts the north shore. Look for Bos Landon Golf Course on your left and then the Eagle Creek subdivision on your right. At the sign for Eagle Creek, follow the entrance road to its end at a cemetery, and the open water is to the right.
From eBird Entries
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