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.


Help Support the IOU - If you purchase optics from Eagle Optics or frequently order through Amazon, using the links in our website helps support the continuation of our website and listserv.  Just go to our Nature Store page and click the links.  When ordering by phone from Eagle Optics, be sure to mention the IOU and ask that we be credited with your purchase.  Thanks for your support!

Call for IOU Project Grant Applications - The Iowa Ornithologists Union Projects Committee is accepting requests for funding from various entities for bird-related activities through March 1, 2015. These requests may include providing match money for habitat acquisition, projects to improve important bird habitats, publishing related to birding in Iowa research projects, or anything else that meets the mission of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union. To download the grant application form, click on the yellow IOU tab, then the Leadership tab, then Projects Committee. Look for the “grant application” link.   

Our Other Important Sites

Ann Barker Library

A searchable library of past issues of Iowa Bird Life from 1931 - 2012.   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.

Hot Birds

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.

SpeciesWhereLast Date Observed
Great Black-backed Gull Cedar Lake 2/11/2015

From eBird Entries

Latest IOU Poll

Which species of bird would you most like to see this winter?
  • American Black Duck
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Snowy Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Purple Finch
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpoll
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