Past Events

Dubuque Audubon February Program

Iowa Wildlife Action Plan

Thursday, 2/8/24
6 – 7 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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Katy Fullin, Iowa DNR Wildlife Action Plan Manager, will speak  about the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP) and what is being done to implement it.  

First approved in 2006, this plan is a 25-year strategy for conservation of all wildlife in Iowa. It is a proactive plan designed to conserve all wildlife in Iowa before they become rare and more costly to protect.

Dubuque Audubon January Program

eBird

Thursday, 1/11/24
6 – 7 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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David Shealer, professor at Loras College, will give a demonstration on eBird, including some advanced tools.

With its launch in 2002 as a joint project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, eBird allows birders of all experience levels to enter when, where, and how they went birding, entering checklists of all birds seen and heard during their outings (both past and present).

You can access this accumulated birding data, looking up which birds have been seen where.  If you create an eBird account, then you can start reporting your sightings.

(Read about eBird on our RESOURCES page.)

Christmas Bird Count Map - 10 mile radius
10 mile radius
Snow Bunting
© Tony Moline

Dubuque Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, 12/30/23
(Backup Date: 12/31/23)
Start:  8 AM
Result Compilation:  5 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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The annual Audubon Christmas Bird count is the longest running organized citizen science project in the United States.  Join Dubuque Audubon field trip leaders as we split into groups to identify and count birds within a 10 mile radius of Center Grove Methodist Church, Dubuque, IA.  Sectors include Swiss Valley, Mines of Spain, City of Dubuque, Western Dubuque, Deere Dike/north of Dubuque, Dubuque Airport, and western Grant County.

You may also sign up to participate by feeder-watching from home (read details below).

Meet at EB Lyons at 8 AM.  All skill levels are welcome.  As we move between locations, you can carpool with leaders or drive separately, depending on space and preference.  Compilation will be at 5 pm inside EB Lyons.  All data will be submitted to the National Audubon Society and used to track trends in bird diversity.

If you want to participate by watching a birdfeeder at home, please sign up in advance by emailing audubondubuque@gmail.com.

You would need to be within the radius we cover, which is essentially Dubuque, Asbury, East Dubuque, Sageville, Durango, and Centralia, and to follow the protocol of keeping track of your total birding time and counting how many you see of each species.  If you count periodically throughout the day, you should add up your total time spent, and you should not double-count birds.  For example, if you are watching your bird feeder and see 2 Blue Jays at once and then see 1 later that looks the same as the earlier birds, then your Blue Jay count would remain at 2.

On the day of the count, submit your results by emailing your name, birding location(s), total time spent, and your species list with corresponding counts to audubondubuque@gmail.com by 5 PM.

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
© Tony Moline

Dubuque Audubon December Program

Sax Zim Bog

Thursday, 12/14/23
6 – 7 PM

EB Lyons Interpretive Center
8991 Bellevue Heights Road
Dubuque, IA 52003
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Dubuque Audubon field trip leader Tony Moline will discuss winter wildlife watching at Sax Zim Bog.  Located in northern Minnesota, Sax Zim offers excellent opportunities for viewing boreal bird species and several owl species, including the Great Gray Owl.  Learn how and when to visit, what species to expect, and how you can help preserve this special wilderness area.  This program is free and open to the public.

Animal
Ian Ermine
© Tony Moline

If you missed our December program on Sax Zim Bog, a recording is available, thanks to a sponsor who arranged and covered the taping.

History: 2023 Posters

Dubuque Audubon November 2023 Program

Past Event - November 2023

Dubuque Audubon October 2023 Program

Past Event - October 2023

Dubuque Audubon September 2023 Program

Past Event - September 2023

Dubuque Audubon Annual Spring Species Count & May 2023 Program

Past Event - May 2023

Dubuque Audubon April 2023 Program

Past Event - April 2023

Dubuque Audubon Annual Duck Waddle & March 2023 Program

Past Event - March 2023

Dubuque Audubon February 2023 Program

The February 2023 program was canceled due to the weather.

Dubuque Audubon January 2023 Program

Past Event - January 2023