Raptors of the Midwest


One Session: Thursday, September 5; 1:30-3 PM

Location: Woodlands Creek Retirement Community, 12675 Woodlands Pkwy., Clive

South of Hickman Rd. and east of NW 128th

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 41


While most Iowans may recognize our more common raptors, like the Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, along with the Great-horned and Barred Owls, there are many others that only occasionally nest in our state. Join us for a presentation about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. Iowa’s fall raptor migration begins in mid-September, and this early September class will teach participants how to identify these majestic birds before they begin their journey through Iowa.


Instructor Ty Smedes’ wildlife, prairie wildflower and landscape photos have been published by many major magazines and book publishers, including Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian and Ducks Unlimited. As a feature writer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Iowa Outdoors magazine, his goal is to educate the reader by writing about and photographing many of the lesser-known birds, animals and places.




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