Date: 3/7/17 12:39 pm From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> Subject: [ia-bird] IOU spring meeting
The IOU 2017 spring meeting will be held in Chariton on May 5-7. We're doing it a bit differently this time by partnering with the Lucas County tourism board for their inaugural Lucas County Birding Festival. It will be open to the public, but the format will similar to our regular IOU meetings. We'll have field trips in the mornings and several presentations and workshops on Saturday afternoon, including a Trumpeter Swan release. There will a banquet Saturday evening with a keynote speaker. Our speaker this year is Heather Sanders from Ankeny. She participated in an EarthWatch expedition last summer to study Flammulated Owls in northern Utah. It should be a fun and informative program.
Lucas County has the second highest percentage of public land in Iowa and has two of Iowa's Bird Conservation Areas (BCA's) - Stephens Forest and 1000 Acre Forest. The forests and grasslands host the typical southern Iowa specialties, including Northern Bobwhite, Northern Mockingbird and several resident warblers. While not extensive, there are several nice wetlands in the county. As always, who knows what spring migration will bring. We'll also offer a night outing for Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will's-widow. There's a good chance for staked-out Barn Owl nests.
Attached is an infographic that outlines the details (as of now) about the festival. One difference from previous IOU meetings is that registration for the festival will be handled through the Lucas County Tourism Board site instead of the IOU webpage. The registration process is still being finalized, but once it's completed I will have links to the site on the IOU website under the Next Meeting tab. As you can see, registration costs are quite reasonable at $10/Individual, $15/couple, $20/family and $5/student.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a fun and birdy weekend in Lucas County. Registration will be available soon. I'll be sending out more information as it becomes available, but please contact me if you have any questions. Hope to see you in Chariton.