KWWL News Segment re: Spring Migration
PRAS President, Tom Schilke talks with KWWL's reporter Taylor Bailey; Scott Garrett's photos of Snow Geese at Big Marsh and the Northern Saw-whet Owl at George Wyth State Park are also featured on this segment. Check it out...

Otter Creek Marsh Field Trip, Sat. March 17th - See details on the Field Trips page.

A Photo Safari to Zambia
by Ty Smedes – March 13, 7:00 p.m.
 First Presbyterian Church, 9th and Main Streets, Cedar Falls

Africa’s Serengeti Plains and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are often imagined when dreaming of an African Safari, but Zambia may be one of Africa’s best kept secrets! This presentation will take you to a delightful country, filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery, and some amazing birds and mammals. We will visit three safari camps from which daily excursions into the bush are launched. The bird life is fantastic, and several species of antelope, along with elephant, zebra, giraffe, and many other grazers abound. And of course there are the predators that prey upon these creatures. 

Ty Smedes will share colorful anecdotes along with some amazing photographs of these animals (many taken at night) including dramatic footage of leopards stalking and taking down prey in the darkness. Lastly, we will ply the waters of the Zambezi River, where elephant and hippo abound, and which feeds the world- famous Victoria Falls.    

Ty’s photos have been published by many major magazines and book publishers, including the BBC, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian, Ducks Unlimited, and many others. He specializes in wildlife, prairie wildflower, and landscape images. As a feature writer for the Iowa DNR’s Iowa Outdoors Magazine, Ty's goal is to educate the reader by writing about and photographing many of the lesser known birds, animals, and places. Ty's programs are always crowd pleasers and we relish the opportunity to travel to Zambia vicariously through his spectacular photographs.

Spring Migration Is Here!
Scott Garrett photographed thousands of Snow Geese at Big Marsh on Feb. 27th. Plus, he found a familiar winter bird at George Wyth.  Enjoy the photographs below.

Snow Geese in flight, the dark birds pictured represent the "blue" morph or plumage.  Photo by Scott Garrett

Photo by Scott Garrett at Big Marsh, February 27, 2018

Northern Saw-whet Owl at George Wyth State Park  Photo by Scott Garrett

New Nature Center @ Hartman Reserve Now Open!
Congratulations to the staff, volunteers and supporters of the renovated nature center at Hartman Reserve.  

Calling All Nature & Art Lovers...
Two photography exhibits at eastern Iowa museums celebrate the beauty of nature.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art: Framing The World: The Photography of Linda & Robert Scarth - January 13-April 29, 2018
This exhibition displays a wide variety of the subjects the Scarths have photographed over the years: flowers, insects, birds, and other animals, all demonstrating the Scarth’s fascination with the beauty, fragility, and resilience of the natural world. The Scarths were popular speakers at our PRAS programs and their photos are stunning. Sadly, shortly after finalizing the selection of works for this exhibition, Linda Scarth passed away on July 3, 2017.

Old Capitol Museum, Iowa City: National Geographic Photo Ark - November 16, 2017-May 20, 2018
Free Admission
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. The Photo Ark's three-pronged approach harnesses the power of National Geographic's photography and the bold ideas of our explorers. Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species in the world's zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

If you haven't done so already, remember to renew your PRAS membership! See the Join/Renew page for details.

Waterloo Named 1st Bird Friendly City in Iowa! Learn more...

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