Birds & Weather
Central Iowa Birds
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Otter Creek Marsh
The April field trip will be a joint field trip with Iowa City Bird Club to Otter Creek Marsh WMA, which is just east of Tama, IA. We will meet ICBC at the eagle shaped observation deck on Hwy E66 (just off of Hwy 30) at 8:00 AM. Plan to carpool from the usual meeting place behind Wild Birds Unlimited at 6:15 AM, or meet the group at the observation deck at Otter Creek by 8:00 AM. There will be a wide array of target birds to search for, including shorebirds, sparrows, rails, lingering waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-headed Blackbirds and other marsh birds. Estimated return time to Ames will be between 1:00-2:00 PM. There will be short hikes over flat, but potentially wet and muddy ground around the marsh from several stopping points.
Amy Yoakum| Catching Wasps and the Emerald Ash Borer
After learning about a program called “Wasp Watchers” at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference, Story County Conservation decided to introduce the program for the very first time in the state of Iowa. The program began on the east coast and has been moving west following EAB. The program uses biosurvallience protocol and volunteers to try and catch a ground nesting wasp which uses EAB adults to feed their larvae. Amy Yoakum is a Natural Resource Specialist with the Story County Conservation Board.
The Birdathon is our main fundraiser for BBAS. This year the date will be May 13th. Please consider organizing a team to raise some money, have fun, and meet new people. Barbara Krumhardt is the coordinator this year and can be reached at Barbara.email@example.com
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