The IOU was organized over 80 years ago to encourage interest in the identification, study and protection of birds. Today members of all interest and skill levels share birding experiences and news at twice yearly meetings and through newsletters and journals. Members share rare and unusual sightings right here on Iowa Birds. Just click on the link to see what new birds are causing excitement in the Iowa birding community.
What are the benefits of membership?
- Receive our superb quarterly publications -Iowa Bird Life and IOU News
- Access to in-state and out-of-state birding trips for members only
- Networking with birders around the state, especially during semi-annual meetings at various locations complete with field trips and lots of birding
- Support IOU projects such as conservation grants, archiving the history of birding in Iowa, this website, the IA-BIRD listserv, and many others
- Web access to the prior two years of Iowa Bird Life and current membership lists
- Access to upload photos to the IOU Photo Gallery
- Enter the annual photo contest
- Ability to play the birding listing game with other likeminded individuals and have your results published
- Best of all -- be a part of the community of birders in Iowa!