Bird watching in Cherokee County can be a great family friendly activity.
The parks of Cherokee County host many different habitat types that attract many different species of songbirds, waterfowl, hawks, and prairie species while providing many opportunities to view a wide variety of birds throughout the year.
Silver Sioux Recreation Area has an enclosed bird blind that has a view of shrubs with multiple bird feeders that attract many birds year-round.
|Iowa Threatened & Endangered Species||Status|
|Least tern||Federally Threatened|
|Piping plover||Federally Endangered|
|Red-shouldered Hawk||State Endangered|
|Northern Harrier||State Endangered|
|Common Barn Owl||State Endangered|
|King Rail||State Endangered|
|Short-eared Owl||State Endangered|
|Henslow’s Sparrow||State Threatened|
|Long-eared Owl||State Threatened|
|Forster's Tern||State Special Concern|
|Black Tern||State Special Concern|
|Peregrine Falcon||State Special Concern|
|Bald Eagle||State Special Concern|
|Links to additional resources|
|Iowa Bird Checklist: Iowa Ornithologists’ Union (PDF)|
|Wikipedia List of Iowa's Birds|
|Iowa Ornithologists' Union website|
|Nifty-Fifty of Iowa (Requires Flash)|