posted on 8/2/23

The Marion County Conservation Dept. is so excited to host the 2nd Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientists Workshop at the Cordova Park Office, 1378 Hwy G28, Otley, IA 50214, November 17 and 18, 2023. Cordova Park is located on the north side of Lake Red Rock. This program is geared for family and is a come and go event.

Here is a list of the following schedule:

Friday, November 17, 2023
Session 1: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. “Nocturnal Raptors of Iowa” presentation
Session 2: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Owl Prowl Hike

Saturday, November 18, 2023
Session 3: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Diurnal Raptors of Iowa” presentation
Session 4: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Owl Pellet Dissection (with the MCCB naturalist)

An additional session has been added to the next Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientists Workshop. This session will involve several "public-friendly" Avian Research Poster presentations. These posters will be on display for workshop participant viewing throughout the duration of the workshop, and Kelly McKay will be on hand to answer questions regarding the research. The various posters will cover a wide array of topics concerning birds of the Midwest region conducted over the past 35+years.

For the past two years, Kelly McKay, along with Clinton County Conservation and Nahant Marsh Education Center have been presenting a program designed to create a citizenry with better bird identification skills and to promote participants getting involved with local citizen science projects.
This workshop is conducted by Kelly McKay (BioEco Research and Monitoring Center), with assistance from Mark Roberts (Clinton County Conservation), Brian Ritter & James Wiebler (Nahant Marsh Ed. Center).
Funding for this workshop was provided by Resource Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).
The official workshop website is


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