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Birdwatching in Iowa: Clues for Finding the Hot Trails
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Birdwatching in Iowa: Clues for Finding the Hot Trails

Bird enthusiasts have found an absolute fantasy land in the state of Iowa.  Countless opportunities to spot a variety of aviators lie around every corner.  Whether the journey includes the whole family or it is simply a solitary exploration, the great outdoors of Iowa provide good missions to embark upon at almost any time of the year. 

For the uninformed or novice bird watcher, it might be challenging to get into the thick of the action. It's always a good idea to invest a little time in some casual research before setting out on a birding exploration.  It would be wise to procure the most up to date birding guide for the area as your travel buddy. 

Take a look at a short synopsis that will help to foster a successful venture into the backyards of Iowa and beond. Here are a few helpful hints to better prepare fellow travelers for birdwatching in Iowa

The ABC’s of Bird Trails

Birding trails are a relatively new concept in the U.S. It has only been about twenty years since the first official birding trail opened to the public. Though it has not been long, there are now hundreds of birding trails throughout the country. Iowa is no exception.

The Midwestern state is planted firmly in a very diverse area geographically. This unique location equips Iowa visitors with a fantastic opportunity to observe many different types of wildlife.  View an extensive list of birding trails in Iowa here.

Iowa as a Bird Map

Iowa’s geographical location draws a large number of flying friends at any given time of the year. The eastern border of the state is drawn out by the Mississippi River, and the western boundary culminates in the zigzag patterns of the Missouri River.  

These two rivers cause the formation of a regular flyway migration route for a plethora of different water birds. Gulls, Hawks, and even the Eagle, can be found gracefully carousing through the air. Bald Eagles flock to the Mississippi Flyway in great numbers during the winter months.  This migration pattern presents and an excellent opportunity to extensively study the Bald Eagles daily routines. 

Diverse Suggestions

One should build knowledge on the surrounding foliage of the area to delve deeper into the art of birdwatching. Iowa hosts hundreds of different species of trees and shrubs that provide a cozy home for many of the most sought out flyers.  

Specifically, the Cone Marsh Wildlife Area, located near Iowa City is a picture-perfect area to become familiar with the native foliage that draws these aviators to the area. Lake Red Rock is also an ideal learning ground. 

Plant some of these bird cottage carriers to attract some of Iowa’s regulars to your back yard. Bring the birding experience home.  

Photo Source: Bald Eagles

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