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 - 2010.
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.
Big Creek Lake
At the northern end of the Sayloville Lake area in Polk Co. Take Hwy. 415 a little over 1.5 miles north out of Polk City to the park entrance. A .pdf map of the park is found at this location:
Roberts Creek causeway (gulls etc.)
On the north shore of Lake Red Rock in northern Marion Co. Gulls are viewed by looking north from the causeway along G-28, about three miles east of Hwy. 14.
From eBird Entries
Latest IOU Poll
The IOU is looking to better integrate data to get a clearer picture of Iowa birds. How do you use eBird?