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Meet Us in Sioux City May 18 - 20    Register By 5/10/2018

All activities will take place on the Briar Cliff University in the Stark Student Center. Staging for the field trips will be on the parking lot NW Stark Student Center. The BCU facilities are outstandingly inviting and comfortable with plenty of room to relax and enjoy old and new friends. Sioux City most recently hosted the IOU in the Spring of 2007 and had a remarkable 187 species for the weekend. This should be a prime time for a great number of species.

Laura Erickson, from Duluth, Minnesota will present our Keynote Program--Laura’s Best Bird EVER! (more on that below). She plans on arriving early Friday and spending the weekend with us. As a bonus she has consented to do a Saturday afternoon presentation as well, title My Conservation Big Year in which she focuses on bird and issues of conservation interest. In 2013, Laura did a “Big Year” covering the Lower 48, focusing on birds of conservation interest rather than on chasing down vagrants. She ended the year with 604 species, 593 “countable” by ABA rules, putting her in the top 10 on ABA Listing Central’s Lower 48 Big Year lists as of July 2015. She had lots of memorable experiences, which make for great stories. She got up close and personal with Atlantic Puffins, Lesser Prairie-Chickens, California Condors, and more, took plenty of photos of most of the birds she saw, and got uncomfortably close to a mountain lion when she was hiking alone out of cellphone range. Learn how giving up beef helped her snag Pacific Golden-Plovers for the year, how she was serenaded all night by a Flammulated Owl when she was camping by herself in New Mexico, and how she lucked into an amazing encounter with a Boreal Owl on Superb Owl Sunday. She’ll have tips for great birding trips and how to economize on travel as well as minimizing our carbon footprint while birding..

Briar Cliff Campus
Laura Erickson Keynote Speaker - Laura Erickson

Laura's Best Bird EVER!

Our keynote speaker is Laura Erickson of Duluth, MN. She is the 2014 recipient of the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award, has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer, American Robin and Whooping Crane Expert for the popular Journey North educational website, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written eleven books about birds, including the ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Minnesota, National Geographic Pocket Guide to Birds of North America, the best-selling Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds (co-authored by photographer Marie Read); the National Outdoor Book Award-winning Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids; 101 Ways to Help Birds; and The Bird Watching Answer Book for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine. Since 1986 she has been producing the long-running “For the Birds” radio program for many public radio stations; the program is podcast on iTunes. She lives in Duluth with her husband, mother-in-law, two indoor cats, and her little birding dog Pip.

Laura's son Tom with a Pileated Woodpecker she was rehabbingLaura's Best Bird EVER! - Have you ever had such a perfect look at a bird, or watched it in such perfect circumstances, that you thought it had to be the best bird ever? Laura Erickson has found herself saying exactly that on many occasions, from special glimpses at abundant chickadees to her one and only glimpse at one of the rarest birds on the planet, the Horned Guan. Some of the birds she’s seen in her travels to four continents made the grade, but so did some of the special individuals she’s seen in her own backyard. Sometimes looking for the best bird ever can open our minds and hearts to much, much more.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Stark Student Center, Briar Cliff University 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration/Social/Snacks/Field Trip Sign-Up
Welcome Committee, Pip Fisher - IOU
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Stark Student Center 6:00 am - 6:45 am Breakfast Buffet (scrambled eggs, fresh cut fruit, breakfast potato, sausage links, assorted muffins, orange juice, coffee, water)
Stark Student Center 6:00 am - 9:30 pm Silent Auction items available for review/bids
John Cecil - IOU
Stark Student Center 6:45 am - 7:00 am Pickup Sack Lunches - Sandwich (turkey, ham, roast beef or egg salad) plus chips, fruit, cookie, and bottled water
Various Locations around Sioux City 7:00 am - 1:00 pm Field Trips - sack lunches available - Loess Hills Audubon Society
Stark Student Center 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm IOU Board of Directors Meeting
Francis Moore - IOU
Stark Student Center 1:30 pm - 1:35 pm Carbon Fee and Dividend as a Solution to Climate Change
James McCoy - Citizens Climate Lobby
Stark Student Center 1:40 pm - 2:15 pm The Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Iowa: an invasion, or just an exotic new neighbor?
Jesse Ellis - Coe College
Stark Student Center 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Migrant Bird Use of Riparian Corridor
Dave Swanson - Univ. of South Dakota
Stark Student Center 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Laura's Conservation Big Year
Laura Erickson
Stark Student Center 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm IOU Fall General Membership Meeting
Francis Moore - IOU
Stark Student Center 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet Buffet (Chicken Breast with Marsala Sauce, Garden Salad, Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Goat Cheese and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Iced Tea, Coffee, and Water, and Bread Pudding with Carmel Sauce)
Laura Erickson - Speaker - Laura's Best Bird EVER!
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Stark Student Center 6:00 am - 6:45 am Breakfast Buffet (scrambled eggs, fresh cut fruit, breakfast potato, sausage links, assorted muffins, orange juice, coffee, water)
Various Locations around Sioux City 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Field Trips - Loess Hills Audubon Society
Stark Student Center 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Final Wrap Up
Pip Fisher - IOU