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Posted on: March 27, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Bird Watching at the Lower Bee Branch - Saturday, April 1st

The Leisure Services Department, in partnership with the Dubuque Audubon Society, will present an Introduction to Bird Watching class at the Lower Bee Branch Creek and 16th Street Detention Basin on Saturday, April 1st from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

The city of Dubuque is located on the Mississippi Flyway, part of a larger migration route extending from northwest Canada down the Mississippi River valley to the Gulf of Mexico.  More than 250 species of birds travel this flyway each year.  Over the years, millions of birds have visited the safe, comfortable confines of the 16th Street Detention Basin including Bald Eagles, American Egrets, Red-Tailed Hawks, Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons and Northern Cardinals.  Dubuque Audubon Society members will teach the basics of birding and provide tips for locating and identifying both migrating and resident birds.

All ages and birding levels are welcome.  Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.  The class will meet at the detention basin behind the 16th Street Dairy Queen located at 1260 East 16th Street.  The program is FREE.  No registration is required.

The birding class is the first of several educational programs that will be offered at the Lower Bee Branch this year.  In partnership with local and regional organizations, the Leisure Services Department will provide nature and ecology based programs including geocaching, a free family fishing day, a class about bees, watershed education and more.  A full listing of activities will be available online at on Monday, April 3rd.

For questions or for more information, please contact the Leisure Services Department at (563) 589-4263 or email us at

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