Midwest Birding Symposium – Port Louisa NWR

On our second day at the Midwest Birding Symposium we headed out before dawn to Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. Port Louisa is a complex of four divisions along the Mississippi River which comprises of 8,375 acres of floodplain. We birded the Keithsburg Division on the Illinois side of the river. Arriving before daybreak, we

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Midwest Birding Symposium – Maquoketa Caves

Birdfreak and Veery spent Friday morning on a field trip to an Iowa birding hotspot, Maquoketa Caves State Park. This park is a gem not only for its breeding birds but for its amazing scenery. And of course its caves. Maquoketa is pronounced roughly “Ma-ko-kah-da” but we kept calling it “Ma-coconut” as it sounded like

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Midwest Birding Symposium – Three Lifers for Dakota!

Yesterday we arrived in Moline, Illinois for our very first Midwest Birding Symposium! Our first field trips began early Friday morning, and The Birdfreak Team split up. Dakota and his Grandparents searched for waterfowl and migratory warblers on the Mississippi River on a pontoon boat. They found many species…94 to be exact, lead by Kelly

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