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Hosted By:  Dubuque County Conservation

Event:  Whatever Event Name

Date:  Saturday, February XX
Time:  2 – 4 PM
Location:  EB Lyons Interpretive Center/Mines of Spain

Description:  Whatever . . .

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Ring-Necked Duck

Dubuque Audubon Annual Duck Waddle

Saturday, 3/9/24

Green Island Wildlife Management Area
located in Jackson County, IA
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Join us on our annual trip to Green Island to observe migrating waterfowl!  Green Island is one of Iowa’s largest wetland complexes and attracts thousands of ducks, geese, cranes, and other aquatic-based birds each March.  Audubon guides will be on hand to help identify the numerous species.  Binoculars are recommended.  This event is free, and you may come and go as you choose.

To carpool from Dubuque, meet at Banworth & Udelhoven Furniture World at 9396 Bellevue Heights Road (View Map) at 6:00 AM.  Otherwise you can meet the group at Green Island on Fish Lake Road where it intersects Green Island Road (View Map) between 6:45 and 7:00 AM.

Normally the trip lasts most of the morning, and for those that wish, we end by having breakfast/lunch at a restaurant.

Dubuque Audubon March Program

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge—The First 100 Years

Thursday, 3/14/24
6 – 7 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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Ed Britton, manager of the Savanna District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, will summarize the history of the refuge, which was created in 1924 and celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2024. 

The Refuge stretches 261 miles from Wabasha, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois, protecting over 240,000 acres of Mississippi River floodplain. He will also discuss recently completed habitat improvements within the Savanna district and proposed future projects.

Refuge 100th Anniversary Logo

Hosted By:  Dubuque County Conservation

Event:  Whatever Event Name

Date:  Saturday, March XX
Time:  2 – 4 PM
Location:  EB Lyons Interpretive Center/Mines of Spain

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Hosted By:  Dubuque County Conservation

Event:  Whatever Event Name

Date:  Saturday, March XX
Time:  2 – 4 PM
Location:  EB Lyons Interpretive Center/Mines of Spain

Description:  Whatever . . .

Dubuque Audubon April Program

Churchill, Manitoba – Past & Present

Thursday, 4/11/24
6 – 7 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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Dubuque Audubon board members Maggie O’Connell, Bob Walton, and Sandy Walton will speak about their 1986 and 2019 trips to Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill, Manitoba is known as the polar bear and beluga whale capital of the world and is considered a bird watcher and aurora borealis viewing paradise.  The program will focus on excerpts from a 1986 canoeing and camping trip on the Churchill River, which ended with a stay in the town of Churchill, as well as their 2019 stay in the modern Churchill of today.

Polar Bear
Polar Bear
© Bob Walton

Hosted By:  Dubuque County Conservation

Event:  Whatever Event Name

Date:  Saturday, April XX
Time:  2 – 4 PM
Location:  EB Lyons Interpretive Center/Mines of Spain

Description:  Whatever . . .

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Baltimore Oriole
Sora
American Redstart
Orchard Oriole
Green Heron
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Dubuque Audubon Annual Spring Species Count

Saturday, 5/11/24

Join us for our annual fun day of birding, traditionally held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  You’re welcome to spend as much or as little time as you like.  We’ll meet up for a potluck picnic at the end of the day.

Check back later for details on our starting locations and picnic location.  As we move between locations, you can carpool with leaders or drive separately, depending on space and preference.

Dubuque Audubon May Program

Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to Wisconsin!

Saturday, 5/18/24
12:30 – 1:30 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist of the International Crane Foundation and author of My Life with Cranes, will share the amazing story of how Whooping Cranes were reintroduced to Wisconsin.  

Captive-raised birds learned the route to Florida by following three ultralight airplanes, outfitted with crane puppets to look like their parents.  George will bring one of these crane puppets to demonstrate how they are used to prevent the chicks from imprinting on humans.  His presentation will include how ICF breeds Whooping Cranes in captivity, releases them to the wild, and monitors their movements using radio transmitters attached to a leg band that communicates with satellites.  

We are very fortunate to have George be the one to share this incredible success story!

George Archibald
George Archibald
Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane
© Marty Corfman
Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane
© Mary Leigh

Hosted By:  Dubuque County Conservation

Event:  Whatever Event Name

Date:  Saturday, April XX
Time:  2 – 4 PM
Location:  EB Lyons Interpretive Center/Mines of Spain

Description:  Whatever . . .