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Members' Picks: Quad City Birding Spots

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Illinois Audubon Society 

Iowa Audubon 

National Audubon Society 

Iowa Ornithologists' Union ** 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

All About Birds 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 

Quad Cities Earth Week Coalition 

IBET (Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts) ** 

Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas 

The Great Backyard Bird Count 

American Birding Association 

** These web sites allow you to see bird sightings from around the state.


They also allow you to join their bulletin boards and report your own sightings.



The Quad City Audubon Society (QCAS) is dedicated to the enjoyment of birds, a better understanding of the natural world, stewardship of natural areas and habitats, fellowship, improvement of community awareness of environmental issues, and education of youth for the benefit of future generations.


All events are open to the public:

Through May 25, 2019 - The year's best bird photographs have arrived at Davenport's Main Public Library, downtown Davenport, Iowa.  The exhibit is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Quad Cities Audubon Society.  The photographs were selected from 8,000 entries.  Come take a look, and let these photographs inspire you to seek out some of Nature' most beautiful creatures this spring!  The exhibit leaves Davenport May 25, 2019 for Garrison, New York.  

May 4, Saturday ~ Illinois Spring Bird Count - QC Audubon has coordinated efforts in Rock Island County. In addition, QCAS members have also provided individuals to count Henry and Mercer counties as well. For further information, contact Tim Murphy 309-764-9779. The Illinois Spring Bird Count is coordinated statewide by the Illinois Natural History Survey and additional information can be obtained at collections/ birds/sbc/. 

May 9, Thursday, Members Meeting ~ Our speaker is Jill Schmidt, a Naturalist with the Clinton County Conservation Board and the title of her presentation is "Going bats for Bats.” 

May 11, Saturday ~ Dorrance County Park, Illiniwek Forest Preserve ~ We will meet at 7 am at the south trailhead off Route 84 at Illiniwek Forest Preserve, (bluff side parking lot).  We will bird for a brief time at Illiniwek and then head to the north end of Port Byron, IL to focus on Dorrance Park.  This will be a half-day trip.   

May 11, Saturday ~ Non-Audubon event at Port Louisa NWR, Iowa ~ Join Refuge staff and the Friends of Port Louisa NWR for a Spring Bird Festival, 7 am - 11 am: Songbird banding 7 am to 11 am, Refuge staff and trained volunteers will band birds; bird walk 7 am, all are welcome to join David Griffin on a hike along the nature trail in the forest and along Muscatine Slough to look for birds. This is a great opportunity to see birds up close and learn about banding. 9:00 am: Bring the family and join Bobbi Provost to explore the nature trail for birds. Visit their website at 

June 1, Saturday ~ Savanna/Mississippi Palisades ~ Meet at the Brothers Restaurant in Rapids City at 6 am. Jody Millar and Janelle Swanberg will lead this all day field trip.   

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