Date: 10/30/20 1:44 pm From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> Subject: [ia-bird] Hundreds of Tundra Swans now concentrating
Hundreds of Tundra Swans are beginning to concentrate in the lower end of Pool 9, Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, in Allamakee Co.
This photo was taken Oct. 28th from Red Oak Road, thought by many birders to be the best location in all of Iowa to experience quality views and the continuous calls of large numbers of Tundra Swans. Other waterfowl, including geese and both diving and puddle ducks, also concentrate along this road as fall migration proceeds. Higher water levels at this time may mean even more Tundra Swans and other waterfowl use this area than in recent years.
The Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, and Allamakee County Conservation Board, located one mile south of Lansing, IA, will again offer their Driftless Birding Fest November 13 and 14. Several bird related activities will be taking place during this weekend. Details are available from the Allamakee CCB at 563-538-0403. Additional information is likely to be provided nearer to this event.
As you may have read or heard, various research has demonstrated that there are now approx. 3 billion fewer birds in the U.S. than there were in 1970. Passerines or songbirds make up the majority of this immense loss. Individual property owners and community organizations within towns and cities, are a major key to reversing this horrible trend.
Using native plants to create new habitat and/or improve existing open spaces, plus removing threats to birds and pollinators within towns and cities, is a major starting point. Let wildlife conservation begin and spread from where the majority of people live their lives! Excellent information and guidance in this regard can be obtained from the superb leaders of Bird Friendly Iowa at their website: https://birdfriendlyiowa.org <https://birdfriendlyiowa.org/> .