About the Committee

and how it works

Bewick's Wren by Reid AllenThe Iowa Records Committee was formed in 1982 to evaluate all evidence of birds in the state from the earliest literature to the present time and beyond.  The committee's work provides a solid, scientific baseline for monitoring the status and distribution of species throughout the state. The committee works closely with the seasonal field reports editors, reviewing unusual speices and unusual dates to determine if enough evidence exists to enter the report into the permanent record. Contrary to what some may think, the committee's purpose is not to pass judgment on the validity of an particular sighting but rather on the evidence provided.  To better understand the process of how the Records Committee operates, please take a few minutes to review our Operations Manual.


Reporting by individuals, through the seasonal field reports and documentation form, is critical to building our knowlege base on species occurrence and distribution. These reports have shown us the rather abrupt retraction of formerly regular but irruptive species like Evening Grosbeak to the influx of more southern species like White-winged Dove which has gone from accidental to nesting in the last decade.


Check out our list of reports to learn more about the rare birds recorded in Iowa.