Meetings are held the first Monday of months October, November, December, Jaqnuary, February, March, April, May and June. The September meeting is the second Monday due to the holiday.The meetings will be held at 1st Lutheran Church, located at the corner of 10 St and 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids next to the PCI building. Board meeting at 6:30PM with the meeting and program starting at 7:00PM.

I will add more details to the meetings as I collect them.

Everyone is welcome to attend whether a member or not. The hope is that you will have an enjoyable evening and come back.


October 3

Terry VanDeWalle will present.

Wind and Wildlife: An Overview of the Interactions of Wildlife with Wind Turbines

The number of wind turbines on the landscape is increasing. As the number of turbines grows, the potential for wildlife/turbine interactions grows as well. This talk will provide an overview of wind/wildlife interactions, wildlife regulations affecting wind projects, and measures that can be taken by wind farm owners to reduce bird and bat mortality at operating wind farms.

Terry VanDeWalle is a Senior Principal Biologist at Stantec Consulting Services Inc who has been conducting pre- and post-construction wildlife surveys and permitting at wind farms for 16 years.

December 5

Floyd Sandford will give a presentation on his "Hiking the Cleveland Way in Yorkshire".

January 9

Sarah DeLong-Duhon who got her MS at the University of Iowa in fungal genetics will talk about the natural history of Iowa Fungi.

February 6

Roger Kirpes has been a member of Cedar Rapids Audubon for almost 30 years, and a regular participant in the Christmas counts. While he enjoys birding wherever and whenever he can, only in the past few years has he been able to travel explicitly to indulge this passion.

In May 2022, after two postponements due to the pandemic, Roger was able to finally do a long-planned birding tour of southern California. From mountains to desert, from seashore to plains, he experienced an amazing diversity of landscapes, habitats, and birds on this 11-day trip, which he had literally planned and dreamed about for years. Join us as he shares photos and stories about "COVID corvids", "cherry magpies", and other fascinating birds he encountered in southern California.

March 6 - John Hanson John Hansen Ed.D Social Studies Teacher at Linn Mar

Will speak on "The Whooping Crane, an instrumental bird"

April 3

This is planned to be a trip to Iowa City to meet with John Cordell, retired Office State Archaeologist Research Collections Director and now adjunct researcher (and resident bird bone expert). John would like to speak with our group but he doesn’t drive, so we plan to go there. John can give a tour and focus on the comparative bird bone collection. He also can share a PowerPoint about his on-going analysis of bird bones from 13PM7, a Mill Creek culture village (ca. 800 years in age), from Plymouth County, Iowa. There is plenty of free parking here in the evening!

Office of State Archaeology, The University of Iowa, 700 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52242

We plan to meet at the First Lutheran Church by the PCI building and then carpool to Iowa City. Meet at 5:30PM and leave by 5:45 PM to head to Iowa City.

May 1

Rachael Larson on urban animals.

June 5 I will be hosting the June 5 meeting. It will be a show and tell of how to make your yard insect and bird friendly. People can walk around and view plants, shrubs and trees that Joyce and I have planted to attract the birds to our yard. I will answer questions about why I planted certain things and how I set up my water features. Also giving advice on what I would do different the next time. The plan is to have people start showing up at 5:30PM and staying as long as they wish. Cookies and liquids will be available for consumption.

If it rains, we can move to Tuesday the 6th.

Jim Durbin

1460 Douglas Ct,

Marion, Ia 52302