Birds & Weather
Central Iowa Birds
of Big Bluestem Audubon
February Field Trip: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
For the February field trip, we will venture down to Neal Smith NWR in the afternoon and early evening. We will bird our way down, bird the refuge, and then, hopefully, at sunset get a look at the Short-eared Owls that are over-wintering there. Meet the group at the Ames Lowe's (120 Airport Road) to carpool or caravan down to Neal Smith NWR at 12:45 PM. We will plan to be on the road at 1:00 PM sharp. We will most likely need to be there until sunset, so we will probably arrive back in Ames around 7:00 PM.
Eric Williamson | Wildlife Photography – Wild Side of Iowa
Eric’s presentation looks at the 4 different seasons and what animals we might find. It also talks a little about photography and field equipment used by speaker Eric Williamson. He will also show some behind the scenes of how the photos were taken. Eric”s interest in photography began at age 16 taking photos of Bald Eagles. He had a point-and-shoot camera and loved going on walks photographing the eagles in action. Over time, he expanded photography to other wildlife. Eric learned the need to know wildlife subjects well in order to take photos without stressing out the animals. Several different conservation organizations have used his photos to enhance their objectives. Some of his work has been in publications, including Iowa Outdoors, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and Outdoor Photographer magazine. Seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is a true privilege!
2020 BBAS South Florida Birding & Nature Adventure
Big Bluestem is excited to announce that we have organized a birding and nature viewing trip to South Florida! Just when it feels like you can take no more of the harsh Iowa winter, escape to Florida with BBAS and join us as we search the Everglades, Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, Corkscrew Swamp, Bunche Beach and much, much more for the best birds, butterflies, odonates, herps, wildflowers, and mammals the southern-most tip of the continental United States has to offer! We will be in the sub-tropical wilds for six full days between February 22 and 29, 2020. For more information, send an email to Rachel Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cutoff date for registration is November 21, 2019.
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