Cedar Rapids Audubon Society


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

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.




November 4


ISU's New Avian Library Portal and the "Our trip…will long be remembered”: Following the Trail of a Bird Watching Road" Exhibit


Erin Anderson, Digital Scholarship Specialist and avIAn Project Coordinator, Iowa State University Library, will provide an introduction to Iowa State University Library’s Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn), a newly launched web portal of Iowa ornithological primary sources supported by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The avIAn project documents nearly 100 years of bird study in Iowa and includes materials from prominent Midwest conservationists such as Philip DuMont, Walter Rosene, and Frederic Leopold as well as nearly a century of records from the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union (IOU). Attendees will learn about highlights of the avIAn collection such as Frederic Leopold’s detailed studies of wood duck breeding, the IOU Records Committee review of rare bird sightings, and Walter Rosene’s collection of hand-colored lantern slides that inspired the current exhibit “Our trip…will long be remembered”: Following the Trail of a Bird Watching Road Trip on display through Spring 2020 at Iowa State University Parks Library Room 403. Attendees will also learn how to navigate the new website to discover the history of ornithology in Iowa.


December 2

Rob Hogg will be giving a presentation on Climate Change.


January- No Meeting


February 3


March 2

The Devil’s Backbone: A State Park System is Born


2020 is the centennial year of the dedication of Iowa’s first state park – Backbone.

Jerry Reisinger, associate professor of Parks and Natural Resources at Kirkwood Community College, will provide the history of how the state parks movement came across the country after starting in the Northeast states, then upper Midwest and finally moved into the western states over several years. By the nineteen teens, Iowa legislated its State Park Act and then the genesis of Iowa’s first state park.  Reisinger will describe how the Manchester Travel Club then convinced Louis Pammel to visit the site of what would become Backbone State Park, Iowa’s first state park. The presentation contains historic photographs, including the dedication event at Backbone in May of 1920.


April 6

The Iowa Raptor Project: Celebrating 35 Years of Raptor Conservation in Iowa…and where we go from here.

David Conrads, or the newly hired Director for the Iowa Raptor Project, will highlight the goals and activities of the joint University of Iowa Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College program.  Field research and education have been the 
main goals of the program that was realigned in June of 2016 from its former name, the Macbride Raptor Project.


May 4


June 1 - Potluck Details later