Iowa Birds

by Ann Johnson, Jim Bangma, & Gregory Kennedy

A Beginner's Guide to the Birds of Iowa - available at your favorite bookstore

Jim & AJ show off their new book at the Des Moines Barnes & NobleIn 2004 friend Jim and I collaborated to complete a guide to the birds of Iowa.  This was published by Lone Pine Publishing of Edmonton, Alberta.  This was really an interesting project to work on and I often wondered how it would have ever been completed in pre-Internet days.  Jim was in New Jersey and Texas, I was in Iowa, and our editor split her time between Alberta and Mexico.

Hey - A Fan!The book covers 145 species either commonly seen or at least worth a search.  This is a nice number for casual and beginning birders to learn and maybe catch the fever to learn even more.  We also included a short guide to seasonal birding as well as mention of some of the better birding areas in the state.

Although Iowa isn't a very big market in the book publishing business, it seems to be selling well.  My favorite Barnes & Noble is always ordering more so I guess that's a good sign!

Iowa Birds front cover Iowa Birds back cover
Inside the book