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Outdoors & Bird Watching in Mahaska County

Birding in Mahaska County is an ever-changing adventure! On the migratory path for many birds in both the spring and summer the variety of birds to be seen is always changing. A patient eye during migration will catch views of warblers, shorebirds, falcons, ducks and sparrows not usually found in Iowa.

If you only have a few moments to bird, Maskunky Marsh in eastern Mahaska County is a must stop. It can be found about five miles east of Oskaloosa on Highway 92 at Snyder Road. The marsh has parking on both the north and south sides of the marsh. Plenty of bird viewing can be done from your car. If you have the time, a walk closer to the marsh is also possible.

From the north parking lot, you will view shorebirds, falcons, and ducks on the marsh. From one spot you can see the entire marsh and you never know what might be visiting for the day during the spring and fall migrations.

From the south parking lot, you will view song birds in the trees and native grasses. During the spring, nesting is common in this area.

With an eBird list of at least 161 species, Maskunky Marsh, maintained by Mahaska County Conservation, is a must visit.

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