16th St. Basin Garbage

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Dubuque 16th Street Basin Cleanup

Sunday, 4/21/24

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The 16th Street Basin is an important stopping point for migratory birds.  This basin drains directly into the Mississippi River.  Unfortunately this area is littered with thousands of plastic bottles, cans, etc.  Please join Dubuque Audubon as we attempt to put a dent in this trash buildup.  Gloves and bags will be provided.  Please meet at the 16th St. basin overlook pavilion by 2 pm to help.

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

Dubuque Audubon Annual Spring Species Count

Saturday, 5/11/24

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Join us for our annual fun day of spring birding!  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.  (For those who might want to plan ahead for other years, we traditionally hold this event on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.)

This event is free, and no birding experience is required.  Audubon guides will be on hand to help you identify species.  Binoculars are recommended.

Arrive as early as 6 AM for birding around the Julien Dubuque Monument, but be sure to arrive in the monument parking lot by 8 AM if you want to continue to other locations.*  

After 8 AM, we’re no longer guaranteed to be in the monument area.  We’ll likely start on some trails at Mines of Spain, and we’ll drive between locations.  Some may opt to go out to lunch and continue birding into the afternoon, where the destination will be determined as we go.

At 5 PM, we’ll gather at Swiss Valley Park (not to be confused with Swiss Valley Nature Center) for a potluck picnic at the Sycamore Pavilion.  We’ll provide brats and hotdogs, and we’ll tabulate the birding results.  To help with our planning, please give us your brat and/or hot dog counts no later than noon on the day before, either by filling out a Contact Us form or by sending an email to  If you birded with us for part of the day, we’d be glad to have you return for the picnic!  Optionally bring a dish to pass and/or table service, but neither are required!  Bottled water will be provided.

* If you cannot arrive by 8 AM, you may make other arrangements by filling out a Contact Us form or by emailing no later than noon on the day before. 

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