This blog exists because one of my tech-savvy daughters set it up for me as a Father’s Day gift. I am a 76 year old born and bred Iowan and for the past 10 years, as family and work responsibilities have declined, I have increasingly indulged my passion for birding. I keep track of the birds and mammals I have seen in my yard, in Iowa, in North America and worldwide. I have often composed reports of my trips or observations and disseminated the reports to my family. From now on, I will post my reports on this blog. I may also update some of my prior trip reports and publish them here. I will be happy to respond to comments.