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The Spring Meeting of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union will be held in Sioux City at Briar Cliff University from 5/18-20/2018! You don’t have to be a member to attend and you can attend all or part of the activities. Field trips will occur Saturday and Sunday mornings. There will be presentations on Saturday afternoon with a banquet and Keynote Presentation on Saturday evening. This is an opportunity to meet and bird with some of the best birders in Iowa! Details on the meeting and how to register are available on the IOU web site. (CLICK BELOW)



April 2018 Bird Of Month
Wood Duck

The Wood Duck is one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the elegant females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. They are one of the few duck species equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches. These birds live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up around lake margins and they regularly produce two broods in one year. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury. Their broad tail and short, broad wings help make them maneuverable and they are comfortable flying through woods. They can be found locally at Brown’s Lake and Bacon Creek.


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."

Last Month's Bird Of The Month

Black-capped Chickadee

Chickadees are active, acrobatic, curious, social birds that live in flocks, often associating with woodpeckers, nuthatches, warblers, vireos, and other small woodland species. Chickadees are one of the easiest birds to attract to feeders, for suet, sunflower, and peanuts. They peck a hole in the shell, and then chip out and eat tiny bits of seed while expanding the hole. Because small songbirds migrating through an unfamiliar area often associate with chickadee flocks, watching and listening for chickadee flocks during spring and fall can often alert birders to the presence of interesting migrants. Chickadee calls are complex and language-like, communicating information on identity and recognition of other flocks as well as predator alarms and contact calls. The more dee notes in a chickadee-dee-dee call, the higher the threat level. They are easily seen at many feeding stations, and in virtually any area with trees.