Iowa Young Birders

supporting our future

Iowa Young Birders was established in 2011 by former IOU president Carl Bendorf to encourage the next generation of young Iowans to study and enjoy birds and birding. Although it is a separate organization catering to young people ages 8 - 18, Iowa Young Birders shares many of the same goals with the IOU. As a result, many IOU members have chosen to become involved with and support Iowa Young Birders. In addition, the IOU Projects Committee has provided financial support through project grants.


Iowa Young Birders offers a full schedule of field trips throughout Iowa for young birders. They also maintain an active presence on social media. Check them out!



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Iowa Young Birders celebrate finding wintering owls
Iowa Young Birders celebrate finding wintering owls

Photographer - Tyler Harms