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Meet Us in Ventura September 28 - 30    Register By 9/20/2018

Clear Lake photo by Rita GoransonIt has been twelve years since the IOU last met in the Cerro Gordo County area and we are thrilled to do so again. Birding in this part of the state can be great to spectacular with a wide range of habitats from Clear Lake to Ventura Marsh to the Shellrock River Greenbelt to the prairie potholes of the region.


All activities will be held at the Ventura Community Center, 4 N Weimer St, Ventura. This is roughly seven miles west of I35 on US 18.

Noah Stryker Keynote Speaker - Noah Stryker



Noah Strycker is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of four well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media. Strycker set a world Big Year record in 2015, and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. His other books are Among Penguins (Oregon State University Press, 2011), The Thing with Feathers (Riverhead Books, 2014), and Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic, 2018). Strycker has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole. Strycker is a competitive tennis player, has run five marathons, and hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Visit his website at: www.noahstrycker.com


Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog (audubon.org/noah), and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.

Schedule

Friday, September 28, 2018
Ventura Community Center 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Registration, Field Trip Sign-up, & Social
Snacks & BYOB
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Ventura Community Center 6:00 am - 6:45 am Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs. Cheesy Hashbrowns, Link/Pattie Sausage, Fresh Fruit, OJ and coffee
6:30 am - 8:45 pm Silent Auction items available for review/bids
John Cecil - IOU
7:00 am - 1:30 pm Field Trips - Box Lunch--Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey on a Kaiser Bun, Pasta Salad, chips, cookie, water or pop. Veg Option Egg Salad
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm IOU Board of Directors Meeting
Francis Moore-President
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Better Backyard Bird Photography
Bruce G. McKee - well known local photographer
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Song Variation of Cerulean Warblers in Northeast Iowa
EmiLee Novak - Upper Iowa University
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm History and Management Strategies for Union Hills
T.J. Herrick - DNR--Ventura Iowa Office
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm IOU Business Meeting
Francis Moore-President
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm Banquet Buffet -- Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Roast Beef Potroast, Baby Bakers (potatoes) with Parmesan, Seasoned Green Beans, Marinated Italian Vegetable Salad, rolls and butter, water and coffee (reg and decaf)
BYOB (beer/wine)
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year
Noah Strycker
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Silent Auction Ends
Pay John Cecil for the items you won
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Ventura Community Center 6:00 am - 6:45 am Breakfast -- Scrambled Eggs. Cheesy Hashbrowns, Link/Pattie Sausage, Fresh Fruit, OJ and coffee
7:00 am - 11:45 am Field Trips - Box Lunch available--Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey on a Kaiser Bun, Pasta Salad, chips, cookie, water or pop. Veg Option Egg Salad
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Species Compilation
Field Trip Coordinator
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Clean up and head for home