Connecting with Others

sharing our birding experiences

Birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the country and levels of interest and time involved vary immensely. One thing that is universal, however, is sharing your sightings and knowledge as well as learning from others adds considerably to the fun of the hobby. There are numerous ways to connect with others for both introverts and extroverts. Social media has been an incredibly rich source to bring birders from all around the world in contact with each other, but the comraderie and personal interactions with others is hard to beat. Explore some or all of the following by using the menu links.

Birding Events

  • IOU Spring and Fall Meetings - your new best friend may be lurking there and the social times as well as the field trips are great opportunities to develop new friendships. Check the calendar for the next one.

  • IOU Special Events - The IOU Events Committee schedules periodic trips around the state and beyond. Register for the next one.

  • Local Birding Clubs - The price we pay for having a low-density population is that sometimes local birding groups are many miles away. Before you give up, see if there is one reasonably close to you. Even if you can't make it to meetings, visitors to their weekend outings are always welcome.

  • Iowa Young Birders - the name speaks for itself. If you are between the ages of 8 - 18 or the parent or grandparent of a young birder, sign up for one of their many fun outings.

  • Iowa Audubon - the conservation and advocacy arm for Iowa's birding community holds various events around the state, most notably a fall pelican festival. Check their website for details.

  • Christmas Bird Counts - Each winter, from December 14th to January 5th, Iowa birders bundle up and participate in a 100+ year old tradition of counting birds within a pre-defined circle. Watch the calendar for dates and details of a count near you.

Social Media

  • IA-BIRD Mailing List - with 1000 people sharing information this list gives you insight into the various events and bird sightings around the state.

  • Facebook - So many people are on Facebook these days that it has become a great medium for sharing information and providing support to each other. The IOU sponsers an organizational page with frequent postings of interest. An unaffiliated discussion group is also available to help with ID questions and share sightings. Like and join them both!

  • Twitter - The IOU maintains two Twitter accounts, one of a general nature and a second as a member subscription RBA service.