ICBC Schedule:

Contact Linda Quinn at E-mail: info@icbirds.org or Chris Edwards at E-mail: info@icbirds.org for more information.

Updated 10/10/16


Field trips Field trips depart from Kohl’s, 2795 Commerce Drive, Coralville, unless otherwise noted; meet in the SE corner of the parking lot. Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to meet the group at the trip destination. Many of our trips are accessible to people with disabilities; for more information please contact the trip leader. .
Kent Park Bird Walks leave from
the Conservation Education Center in the NE corner of the park. See Kent Park Map.
Also: Kent Park location map
Meetings: unless otherwise noted, are at Room A, Robert A. Lee Community Rec. Center, 220 S. Gilbert St.
, generally at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.


Sep 11, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pelican Festival at Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Road NW, Swisher. The Hwy. 965 bridge over Coralville Reservoir is closed – take I-380 to the Swisher exit, then Hwy. 965 south to Amana Road. Contact Karen Disbrow at E-mail: info@icbirds.org for more information.
Sep 15, Thursday, 7 p.m. Meeting. Joan Schnabel of the RARE Group (Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation, and Education) will introduce Gonzo the Turkey Vulture and will discuss raptor migration. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Room A, 220 S. Gilbert St.
Sep 18, Sunday, Cy-Hawk Big Day Challenge. Get a team together and signup for this fun birding event by noon on September 17. Contact Karen Disbrow at E-mail: info@icbirds.org for more information.
Sep 21, Wednesday, 8 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk. Meet at the CEC, Kent Park. Rick Hollis, E-mail: info@icbirds.org 1.
Sep 24, Saturday. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hawk Watch at Stainbrook Preserve, located along Mehaffey Bridge Road just north of Sugar Bottom Recreation Area. Bring a lawn chair and join us on the hill to watch for migrating raptors. There will also be hawk watching with the Iowa Raptor Center staff at Bluestem Shelter and live raptor presentations at 10:30 and 1:00 at the Raptor Center, at nearby Macbride Nature-Recreation Area. Chris Edwards, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Oct 5, Wednesday, 8 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk. Meet at the CEC, Kent Park. Rick Hollis,
E-mail: info@icbirds.org.
Oct 15, Saturday, 7 a.m. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. This is an all-day trip with driving and hiking at various points in the refuge. Trip will be co-led by Stuart Sparkman and Karen Viste-Sparkman, Wildlife Biologist with this 5600-acre tallgrass prairie and oak savanna. Target birds are Smith’s Longspur, LeConte’s Sparrow, and other migrant sparrows. Pack a lunch to eat at the Prairie Learning and Visitor Center, then take a 5-mile auto tour through the bison/elk enclosure. Meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 2795 Commerce Drive, Coralville. Sharon Somers, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Oct 19, Wednesday, 8 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk. Meet at the CEC, Kent Park. Rick Hollis, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Oct 20, Thursday, 7 p.m. Meeting. Linda and Robert Scarth, photographers, authors and naturalists, will present “Leks: Arenas for Mate Selection.” Learn how birds such as grouse, mammals, reptiles, and insects all use leks for mate selection. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Room A, 220 S. Gilbert St.
Oct 23, Sunday, 7:45 a.m. Turkey Creek Preserve, a Bur Oak Land Trust property in NE Johnson County. This is a half-day trip with hiking. Target birds are sparrows and other fall migrants. Meet at the North Dodge Hy-Vee parking lot. Jason Paulios, E-mail: info@icbirds.org
Nov 2, Wednesday, 8 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk. Meet at the CEC, Kent Park. Rick Hollis, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Nov 5, Saturday, 7:00 a.m. Lake Red Rock or Saylorville Reservoir, depending on recent reports, for gulls, loons. and migrating waterfowl. This is an all-day trip with driving and light walking at various points around the reservoir. Pack a lunch, or fast food options are available. Bring a scope if you have one, as most birds are distant. Meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 2795 Commerce Drive, Coralville. Diana Pesek, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Nov 13, Sunday, 8:00 a.m. Amana Lily Lake for Trumpeter Swans, Eurasian Tree Sparrows, and migrating waterfowl, plus a short stop at Amana Nature Trail. This half-day trip will have some short walks on gravel paths. Meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 2795 Commerce Drive, Coralville. Sharon Somers, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Nov 16, Wednesday, 8 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk. Meet at the CEC, Kent Park. Rick Hollis, E-mail: info@icbirds.org .
Nov 17, Thursday, 7 p.m. Meeting. Doug Harr, photographer, naturalist, and President of Iowa Audubon, will talk about the projects Iowa Audubon currently has in the works. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Room A, 220 S. Gilbert St.
For more information visit www.icbirds.org or contact Karen Disbrow at E-mail: info@icbirds.org .

Other Dates of Note

September 15, Thursday, 6 p.m. A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act at Macbride Auditorium, featuring a lecture by Stan Temple, a round-table discussion, and an open house in the Hall of Birds.
Sep 24, Saturday, 9:00 AM to noon Bird Banding at Conservation Education Center, FW Kent Park. Join certified bird banders and JCC staff to see and learn about song birds. The program will demonstrate safe practices of banding. Participants can come and fo as their schedules permit. Limited seating will be provided; lawn chairs are recommmended. For mor information or to register for this free program email salgreen@co.johinson.ia.us or call 319-645-1011.
November 12, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Iowa Young Birders Waterfowl Migration and Conservation Day at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge near Wapello. To register, visit www.iowayoungbirders.org.