Learn About Birds
from the IOU
Checklist of Iowa Birds
An up to date list of species seen in Iowa and a link to a printable checklist to keep track of what you see
Iowa Ornithologists' Union
The statewide organization for birders of all skill levels with many resources available on-line.
All About Birds
Cornell University's on-line resource to help you identify the birds you see
A treasure trove of media related to bird species including photos and sound files
Download this handy app to your phone and have a field guide with you at all times
Reporting Bird Observations
Use the mobile app or your computer to add data to a citizen science global database
Report Sightings to IOU
Each season significant sightings are compiled and published in Iowa Bird Life
Finding Birds in Iowa
A multitude of links to articles on birding areas in Iowa as well as a county birding area guide
Iowa County Parks
County parks are often hidden gems for finding a variety of birds
American Bird Conservancy
Leading the way in protecting birds in the Americas
Bird Friendly Iowa
A program to help cities and counties in Iowa meet criteria to be designated as bird friendly with a library of resources
The state organization which works to protect birds and their habitats
Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC)
Provides professional development to formal and non-formal educators in conservation and environmental education
Field Guide - Alderfer, J and J. Dunn 2017. Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition. National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C.
Field Guide - Kaufman, K. 2001. Birds of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides). Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Field Guide - Peterson, R.T. 1980. A Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Field Guide - Sibley, D. A. 2016. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
The State Bird of Iowa: American Goldfinch
Birding Pioneers in Iowa
Birds of an Iowa Dooryard: Althea R. Sherman
Birds in Iowa History: Where Did They Go?
What Is a Bird?
Where Would a Bird Be Without Its Bill?
Nests: Houses Without a Mortgage
Let's Take the Birds to Lunch!
The Bluebird of Happiness
A Word About Wildlife Rehabilitation
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