Upper Iowa Audubon Society Bird Walk May 1 at Yellow River State Forest

Upper Iowa Audubon Society is organizing a bird walk at Yellow River State Forest Saturday, May 1, starting at 9 a.m. The two-hour walk will begin at the main entrance to the Forest, approximately three miles off Hwy 76 on County Road B25/State Forest Road near Harpers Ferry.

There are several trail options depending on physical limitations and interests, including combination trails with ponds and some marsh areas. Participants can anticipate possibly seeing Cerulean Warblers, Red-shouldered Hawks and many other uncommon or migrating species. Yellow River State Forest is also home to an eagle’s nest and Iowa’s only fire tower.

After the walk, those who are interested will continue to Lansing for a sack lunch at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, scheduled at noon. At 1 p.m. a caravan of birders will leave the Center to look at Peregrine Falcon nest sites near Lansing and stop at other locations where birds are easy to see.

Those attending are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather.  Facemasks are required and COVID-19 protocol will be followed, so those attending are reminded to bring their own binoculars. Those interested should feel free to join either the morning or afternoon activities, or both. Every age level is welcome.

For more information, contact Dean Peterson at 563-535-7100.

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