The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 4, 2013

Free field trip is for young birders

By Mary Lou Hinrichsen Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CAMANCHE — A field trip for young people 8 to 18 years of age who are interested In the identification of birds will be held at Rock Creek Park on Oct. 12 under the leadership of the Iowa Young Birders, a statewide organization, and the sponsorship of the Iowa Ornithologist Union.

“Clinton offers lots of great birding along the Mississippi River,” said Carl Bendorf, who will lead the field trip. “We’ll meet at 9 a.m., do some walking and be done by noon. Be sure to dress for the weather.”

Birders younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents, guardians or grandparents of the birders are encouraged to attend the field trip. Young birders may bring a friend age 8 to 18 and introduce him or her to birding.

There is no cost, but advance registration is required for all young birders. The advance registration information may be found at the Iowa Young Birders website, www.iowayoungbirders.org, and then clicking on the Clinton field trip site.

Another benefit of being registered for the field trip is the opportunity for families to sign up at a special rate for the fall meeting of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, which will be held the same afternoon in the parks’ Eco Tourism Center.

Other upcoming field trips for Iowa Young Birders include Saylorville Reservoir on Oct. 19 and Pleasant Creek Lake in Linn County on Nov. 16. Since the first field trip in 2012, more than 300 young birders, family members and volunteers have taken part in 17 field trips around the state.