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May 2016 Bird Of Month
Hudsonian Godwit

A large shorebird with a long, upturned bill, the Hudsonian Godwit breeds in the Arctic on grassy tundra near water. It winters in southern South America and migrates along marshes, beaches, flooded fields and tidal mudflats. During migration, it apparently makes nonstop flights of several thousand miles. Its remote breeding and wintering grounds have kept it one of the least well known of American shorebirds. In breeding plumage it has a dark reddish chest and black barring on sides which helps separate it from the slightly larger tawny brown Marbled Godwit which is also seen here during migration. They can be seen locally during migration in places like Sandhill Lake and Owego Wetlands and it is always a treat to see them foraging with their long upturned bills!


Loess Hills Audubon Society meets at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road the first Thursday of the month during the months of October thru May at 7:30 P.M. The first meeting of the year is the annual potluck at Stone Lodge in Stone State Park at 6:00 P.M.

Each of these meetings includes a quality program of various subjects. The public is invited and welcome to attend these meetings. Check the Meetings Page for information on upcoming programs.

Birding outings occur monthly. The public is invited and welcome to attend these outings. Check the Outings Page for information on upcoming outings.

Loess Hills Audubon Society
PO Box 5133
Sioux City, IA 51102

Mission Statement

The Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.


"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."

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April 2016 Bird Of Month
Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swans are our biggest native waterfowl, stretching to 6 feet in length and weighing more than 25 pounds. Despite their size, they are as elegant as any swan, with a graceful neck and snowy-white plumage. Getting airborne requires a lumbering takeoff and running hard across the surface, they almost sound like galloping horses as they generate speed for takeoff. Trumpeter swans are native to Iowa. When Europeans began to settle Iowa in the 1850s, trumpeter swans nested across Iowa, but by the 1880s they were gone—the last recorded nest was in 1883. Iowa’s DNR began to reestablish the birds in Iowa in the 1990s which helped the species recover by the early 2000s. Trumpeter Swans breed in open habitats near shallow water bodies and take an unusual approach to incubation: they warm the eggs by covering them with their webbed feet. A pair has nested at Jones Pond near Preparation Canyon in Monona County for several years.