In the weeks to come we plan on talking about various things we learned at this year’s Midwest Birding Symposium in Moline, Illinois. This is a final summary of what we took away from this wonderful event. The Mighty Mississippi River If we had to name one favorite moment of the MBS it would have
To cap off our wonderful four-day weekend at the Midwest Birding Symposium, we got the chance to do some birding with Kenn Kaufman. The group was much smaller than our other outings and this trip was definitely our favorite!! Kenn immediately made everyone feel welcome and made sure everyone found each new bird. Kenn Kaufman
Perhaps the main reason we visited the Midwest Birding Symposium was to meet Kenn Kaufman. After using his field guide (a lot!) and reading the Kingbird Highway (which we reviewed), we really wanted to see Kenn in person. We got our chance and it was awesome!! Here’s Dakota posing with Kim and Kenn Kaufman We
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
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
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
John Gould was born on September 14, 1804, in England. He became a known artist for his stunning bird prints, his most famous being the Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Hummingbirds.
Here’s a double shot of some of the hardships of birding, starring Naturalist D, aka Kingfisher. It’s not always easy to get a good view of the wetlands, and it can be sore on your butt! Drinking fountains can be so unforgiving