Welcome to the Quad City Audubon Society. A chapter of the National Audubon Society, we are an association of local volunteers whose primary concerns are birds and the habitats that sustain them.

Upcoming Events

All events are open to the public

April 10, Thursday - Doug Harr, a retired wildlife biologist and currently the president of Iowa Audubon, presents Swans, Swifts, and Ceruleans ... Why Citizen Conservation Counts at the monthly membership meeting. Mr. Harr will talk about what individual citizens can do to help reverse the trend of declining bird species.

April 12, Saturday - field trip to Cone Marsh in Louisa County to look for Spring migrants. Meet at Buffalo Shores County Park (near Buffalo, Iowa) at 7:00 a.m.

May 8, Thursday - Mr. James Scheib is the speaker at our monthly membership meeting and his program is entitled Unusual Birds of Iowa. Mr. Scheib lives in Iowa City and is a photographer who comes highly recommended.

May 10, Saturday - Illinois Spring Bird Count. Join us in this annual survey of spring birds in our area. We need counters for field parties and feeder watchers in both Rock Island and Mercer Counties. Each field party covers a section of the county, tallying all birds identified by sight and call. Feeder watchers can watch their feeders, cover their yard, or canvas the neighborhood, as much as they want. Generally urban areas are poorly covered so their efforts are greatly appreciated. The Spring Count usually takes place near the peak of warbler migration and provides a great opportunity to see a variety of birds. Sunday, May 11, will potentially be a makeup day. Contact Tim Murphy to participate: evenings (309) 764-9779, days (309) 558-3721 or email molinemurphy@sbcglobal.net.

June 1, Sunday - field trip to Mississippi Palisades State Park. Some of the breeding birds likely to be found are Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-Throated Warbler, Ovenbird and Scarlet Tanager. Meet at Brothers' Resturant in Rapid City, Illinois at 7:00 a.m. We will stop after lunch at Thomson Causeway (you are welcome to bring your own lunch).

Aug 3, Sunday - Nahant Marsh in Davenport. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the entrance to the marsh for a 3 hour field trip.

September 14, Sunday - Wildcat Den State Park field trip. Meet at 7:00 a.m. Buffalo Shores Scott County Park (Hwy. 22 just west of Buffalo, Iowa).

October 5, Sunday - Sunderbruch Park in Davenport. Meet at 7:00 a.m. This field trip may involve walking steep trails. Duration: 2-3 hours.

October 19, Sunday - field trip to Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the north entrance of the park by the quarry. Duration: 2-3 hours.

November 3, Sunday - Smiths Island by Lock and Dam 14 field trip near Le Claire, Iowa (Iowa side). Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the Lock and Dam. Duration: 3 hours. Last year we went to lunch after the field trip.

November 15, Saturday - Thomson Causeway in Illinois. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Brothers' Resturant in Rapid City, Illinois (Hwy 84). Field trip duration: half day.


Mission Statement

The Quad City Audubon Society (QCAS)
is dedicated to the enjoyment of birds, a better
understanding of the natural world,
stewardship of natural areas and habitats, fellowship,
improvement of community awareness of environmental issues,
and education of youth for the benefit of future generations

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Can you guess what's in the center of the wasp nest? ...


... why it's a curious Tufted Titmouse of course!
Port Byron, Illinois, January 2014

Acknowledgement: both photos by Patrice Johannsen


Baltimore Oriole contemplating its next meal, Buffalo, Iowa, May 2013

Acknowledgement: photo by Dick Sayles


Snowy Egret in Port Aransas, Texas, February 2013

Acknowledgement: photo by Dick Sayles


Wandering Tattler in Maui, Hawaii, January 2013

Acknowledgement: photo by Dick Sayles


Great Gray Owl in Middleton, Wisconsin, March 2013

Acknowledgement: photo by Bob Johannsen


Red Crossbill (male) at Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport, February 2013

Acknowledgement: photo by Connie Inskeep


Bufflehead at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in California, March 2012

Acknowledgement: photo by Brent Langley


Trumpeter Swans taking flight at Lock & Dam 13, March 2012

Acknowledgement: photo by Bob Johannsen


Sandhill Cranes basking in the sun at Lock & Dam 13, March 2012

Acknowledgement: photo by Bob Johannsen


Leucistic House Sparrow in Moline, January 2012

Acknowledgement: photo by JoAnn Whitmore


Blue-headed Vireo at Blackhawk State Park in May 2011

Acknowledgement: photo by Connie Inskeep


Sandhill Crane at Lock & Dam 13
on the Mississippi River in March 2011

Acknowledgement: photo by Bob Johannsen

Credit I. feeders

Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpeckers, and a
White-breasted Nuthatch at the Quad City Audubon Society feeders
in Credit Island Park, Davenport

Acknowledgement: photo by Matthew Erbst


American White Pelican on the Mississippi River
below Lock & Dam 13, May 2010

Acknowledgement: photo by Brent Langley


Indigo Bunting along the Hennepin Canal by Colona, Illinois, May 2010

Acknowledgement: photo by Brent Langley


Bald Eagle on the Mississippi River above Lock & Dam 15, January 2010

Acknowledgement: photo by Brent Langley


A pair of Monk Parakeets found along
Ben Butterworth Parkway in November 2009 in Moline.

Acknowledgement: photo by Azure Hance


A Prothonotary Warbler captured during a bird banding
exercise with the US Fish and Wildlife Service
near Keithsburg, Illinois.

Acknowledgement: photo by Cathleen Monson


Brown Thrasher with unusually long lower mandible.
The bird in the photos above and below was seen
in a backyard in Moline in late April 2009.

Acknowledgement: photos by Shelley Gradel



Sandhill Cranes seen March 15, 2009 at Lock & Dam 13
during a QCAS field trip.

Acknowledgement: photo by JoAnn Whitmore


This Merlin was seen at Credit Island in Davenport
on January 29, 2008. It remained perched in the same place
for about one hour, allowing excellant views by all
who were fortunate to see it.

Acknowlegdement: photo by Brent Langley


One of two resident Peregrine Falcons at the MidAmerican Building
in downtown Davenport. This photo was taken January 29, 2008
during a QCAS field trip, but you can find them
here pretty much all year long.

Acknowledgement: photo by JoAnn Whitmore


This Burrowing Owl was seen at the
Seven Cities Sod Farm in north Davenport
for several weeks in the Fall of 2006.
Burrowing Owls are rare for eastern Iowa

Acknowlegdement: photo by Marilyn Davis

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