Story County to Host Statewide Bluebird Conference April 23
Posted: 04/19/2011

Story County Conservation and Iowa Bluebird Conservationists are hosting a Bluebird Conference, on April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park, 56461 180th Street, about 4 miles northeast of Ames.

This well attended event is an opportunity to share successes or concerns with blue birders from around the state. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Story County Conservation by calling 515-232-2516 or by email There is no fee to attend.

The conference begins with keynote speaker Dean Biechler, a local artist and long-time blue birder. Other speakers include Jaclyn Hill, bluebird directory, Wild Turkey Federation, bluebird nesting boxes; photographers Don Poggensee and Carl Kurtz; a roundtable discussion of issues and challenges and ending with a trip to Biechler's property to see the bluebird and purple Martin habitat.

Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share for lunch. The main course will be provided (free will donations accepted) with a vegetarian option. Or attendees are free to bring their own lunch.


From Ames, take 13th Street to Dayton Avenue. Turn north onto Dayton, traveling four miles to 180th Street. At 180th Street, turn east and travel ½ mile. The center is on the north side of the road.

From Highway 69, take Riverside Road east to Dayton Avenue, then north two miles to 180th Street, and then east ½ mile to the center.

From Interstate 35, take Exit 116 (County Road E-29). Travel west ½ mile to Dayton Avenue, then north one mile to 180th Street, and then east ½ mile to the center.