Iowa Bird Watching

Iowa enjoys a diverse collection of bird life, with 406 species of birds having been found in the state. Of these, 301 occur regularly, while another 101 are rare. Because Iowa lies between the two major migratory flyways of the Missouri River Valley and the Mississippi River Valley, birders have the opportunity to witness the passage of many species that do not nest in Iowa but that pass through the state in spring and fall. Furthermore, Iowa is a crossroads state. A number of southern birds spend the summer in Iowa, including yellow-throated and worm-eating warblers.

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  • Iowa Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Iowa Birding Hotspots

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Lake Sugema in Van Buren County, Iowa. Photo by Steven J. Garner Wikimedia

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Iowa

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for Iowa. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of Iowa

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Dickcissels photo by Patti McNeal / Wikimedia

10 Highlight Birds of Iowa

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Iowa exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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