David Conrads fell in love with the Midwestern natural landscape as an undergrad, and he’s been following that passion ever since. Specializing in the biology of birds of prey, Conrads first came to the University in 1990 to oversee the Iowa Raptor Project. Today, Conrads is focused on sharing his love of nature and inspiring responsible recreation as the Associate Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation at UI. Those in his programs enjoy easy access to some of the most beautiful land in the Midwest at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area. It is a true wildlife haven free from development or crowding. As Conrads says, “The back fields and land have been called ‘Narnia’ by some locals…due to its sense of being in another world because of the minimal usage by others.”
Check out his Iowa City recommendations below.