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Building Better Birders: Sunrise Guided Birding Hike

Saturday, October 30, 2021
12:00 pm1:00 pm
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge 1434 316th Lane Missouri Valley, IA 51555

Join us at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 30th at 7:00 a.m. for Building Better Birders: Sunrise Guided Birding Hike & explore this temporary home for migratory waterbirds & shorebirds.

During the fall, DeSoto’s wetlands become a temporary home for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Join us for a hike, a workshop, or the whole day learning about shore birds, waterfowl, and upland game birds of Iowa. This is a free program conducted by Kelly McKay with the BioEco Research and Monitoring Center with assistance from Mark Roberts from Clinton County Conservation and Brian Ritter with Nahant Marsh Education Center. Funding for this program is provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program.

This program is open to all ages but is geared toward participants age 12 & over. There is no cost to attend this workshop. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Online pre-registration will open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.

This is the first of five Building Better Birders workshops scheduled for Saturday, October 30th at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.

7:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Sunrise Guided Birding Hike
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Introduction to the Waterfowl & Upland Gamebirds of Iowa
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Mid-Day Guided Observation from the Visitor Center
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Introduction to the Waterbirds of Iowa
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Afternoon Guided Observation from the Visitor Center

Attendees may register for all programs or may select the ones that most interest them. Click the links above for more information on each workshop.

PLEASE NOTE: These programs will be held at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge located at 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 51555. From Interstate 29 take Exit 75 for Missourie Valley, Iowa/Blair, Nebraska & turn west & travel approximately 8 miles out of town. The refuge is located on the south side of Highway 30. Follow signs to the Visitor Center.

Building Better Birders is a programming series designed to improve the bird identification skills of local citizens & promote a greater interest in citizen science programming. Workshops are presented free of charge & supported by the Resource Enhancement and Protection - Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).

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