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.
IOU Projects - It's that time of year again for applications to the IOU small grant program. If you or someone you know has a project related to birds and bird conservation in Iowa, take a look at our application and the projects previously funded. Applications are due by March 1, 2013.
As a small organization, funding is limited but we hope to participate in some interesting things again this year. Award winners are expected to provide a summary for either presentation at an IOU meeting or publication in the newsletter or journal.
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.
Lake Aquhabi State Park
From the town of Indianola: Take US Highway 65/69 south to county road G58. Turn right on G58, and this road will take you to the park.
On the upper Coralville Reservoir, Hawkeye W.A., northwest Johnson Co. A few miles north of I-80, take the North Liberty/F-28 exit off I-380. Go west on F-28 about 3.5 miles to Greencastle Ave. Take Greencastle 1.5 miles north to Swan Lake Rd., just after a pond on your right. Turn right (east) on Swan Lake, a B-level road here, one half mile to the Babcock entrance road on your left. Follow this to its end at a small peninsula parking area.
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?