Most of us recognize a cardinal or a robin when we see one. But do you know how to identify a wren or a sparrow, a blue jay, or a finch? And did you know that right here in Iowa we have birds called northern shoveler, nuthatch, and ruddy turnstone?!
In fact, more than 425 different species of birds have been spotted in Iowa … even pelicans!
Bird watching can be a great way to get outside, be active, and soak in some beautiful scenery. There are several great spots to look for some feathered friends in Des Moines. You’ll find dozens if not hundreds of birds in any park, along a river or lake, and maybe even in your own neighborhood. All you need is a pair of binoculars and you’re good to go!
Finding your first bird and knowing its name can be really fun. You can probably find a pocket guidebook at your local library to help you identify what you see. Maybe you’ll be the first one at your school to see a nuthatch!