Upper Iowa Public Events

Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • 27 Mar 2022
    Waterfowl Viewing
    Join Winneshiek County Conservation naturalist Larry Reis in looking for the wide variety of migrating waterfowl stopping over at Cardinal Marsh, as well as any land or water birds around. Please meet at the marsh’s south parking lot, located approximately 3.5 miles south of Highway 9 on Madison Road. This event is free and no registration is required. Bring binoculars if you have them. Visit www.winneshiekwild.com for more information.
  • 26 Apr 2022
    The Iowa Rough-legged Project
    The Upper Iowa Audubon Society (UIAS) is hosting a public meeting and presentation on Tuesday, April 26 at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park in Decorah. Doors open at 6:00 pm for a “Meet and Mingle” with UIAS board members. All are welcome to come learn more about UIAS and its programs, field trips, and projects. At 7:00 pm, Erik Murry will be presenting on “The Iowa Rough-legged Project” and his work catching and banding rough-legged Hawks along Iowa’s secondary roads in order to learn more about their migration and wintering area preferences. Erik is a banding technician for the Raptor Resource Project as well as the Sandhill Crane Technician for the Iowa DNR. A 2018 graduate of Upper Iowa University’s Conservation Management program, Erik is an avid birder and conservationist.
  • 17 Jul 2021
    Tips for Bird and Nature Photos
    Larry Reis, Winneshiek County Naturalist and accomplished nature photographer, will share tips for bird and nature photos. Includes time for participants to practice their own photography outside.
  • 15 May 2022
    Shorebird Viewing
    Join Winneshiek County Conservation naturalist Larry Reis in looking for the wide variety of shorebirds to be found at Cardinal Marsh, as well as any land or water birds around. pm. Please meet at the marsh’s south parking lot, located approximately 3.5 miles south of Highway 9 on Madison Road. This event is free and no registration is required. Bring binoculars if you have them. Visit www.winneshiekwild.com for more information.
  • 14 May 2022
    Grassland Bird Sanctuary Designation
    Join Phil Specht as he celebrates the creation of a permanent grassland bird sanctuary on his farm. Specht's farm and the adjacent farm of his late brother, Dan Specht, now owned by Mary Damm, stands out as large island of grass in a sea of corn and soybeans for Bobolinks migrating north from Argentina each spring. The farm will be open starting at 10:00 AM for birding. There will be a pasture and bird walk program at 1:00 PM. In the evening everyone is invited to a potluck and concert from 5 -8 PM at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette, IA.Music will be provided by Sophia Landis. Directions to the Specht Farm at 28304 Pleasant Road, McGregor. From Monona: Go east out of Monona on Pleasant Ridge Road (County Road B45) for 7.5 miles. Phil's farm is on the right. From Marquette: Drive west on US Hwy 18 for approximately 0.5 miles. Turn right (north) on Pleasant Ridge Road (County Road B45) and drive 5 miles.
  • 12 Nov 2022
    Big Blue Sky Concert
    A benefit concert for Driftless Area Bird Conservation. Featuring special guest pianist Michael Diaz, Kristina Castaneda and Lisa Luna Stravers. Tickets at the door.
  • 12 Nov 2022
    Driftless Birding Festival
    The Driftless Birding Fest will include speakers, exhibits, and self-guided field trips to area birding hotspots with a focus on viewing the fall migration, especially the thousands of tundra swans, canvasback ducks, and other waterfowl. Further information on field trips, speakers, and activities is available by contacting the Allamakee County Conservation Board at 563-538-0403 or https://www.allamakeecountyconservation.org/.
  • 08 Oct 2022
    Hawk Watch
    A free event featuring events and activities for all ages, especially kids! Live raptor programs at 11am and 1pm provided by River Valley Raptors. Experts will be available all day to support migration viewing and bird ID. For more information, visit www.driftlessareawetlandcentre.com or call 563-837-3537.
  • 07 May 2022
    Bird Walk
    Join UIAS members and friends on a bird walk along the Nelson Loop in the Paint Creek Unit of Yellow River State Forest. Warblers should be in full migration. Driving directions from Waukon: Travel south on Hwy 76 13 miles, turn left on State Forest Rd., go approximately 2 miles, and turn left on White Pine (it will be the first gravel road once you enter the forest) go approximately 3/4 of a mile to the parking lot on the left. Signs will be posted.
  • 04 Jun 2022
    Grazing is for the Birds!
    Join host Mary Damm for a day of grassland birding. Prairie Quest Farm has been managed for the production of forages for grass-fed beef and dairy cattle as well as habitat for breeding grassland birds. Bobolinks are successfully nesting on the farm . Directions to 12082 Iris Avenue, McGregor: From Monona: Drive east on Pleasant Ridge Road (County Road B45) for 6 miles. Turn right (south) on Iris Avenue and drive approximately 0.5 miles. The farm is on the left (east) side of the road. From Marquette: Drive west on US Hwy 18 for approximately 0.5 miles. Turn right (north) on Pleasant Ridge Road (County Road B45) and drive 5 miles. Turn left (south) on Iris Avenue and drive approximately 0.5 miles. The farm is on the left (east) side of the road.