PRAS meeting: Tuesday, April 11th, 7 p.m.
Live Bald Eagle from Fontana Park
Buchanan County Naturalist Sondra Cabell will present a live Bald Eagle during the first part of our April program. The eagle cannot be returned to the wild and is now a resident at Fontana Park. A PRAS grant has made it possible for the eagle to travel for public educational programs. Join us for a great opportunity to observe this majestic bird up close.

Restore It & They Will Come: The Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swift Tower Presented by Linda and Robert Scarth
Photographers Linda and Robert Scarth will share with us stories and photographs of the first three Chimney Swift families to nest in the recently restored 101-year-old Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swift Tower, now located in the Bickett-Rate Memorial Preserve, six miles west of Tipton. After years in storage, the tower found a home on a property owned by the Cedar County Historical Society (CCHS) through the hard work of the Johnson County Songbird Society, Inc. and the CCHS. Over several months during the last three nesting seasons, the Scarths photographed activity from nest building through fledging. The 2016 family allowed the Scarths to observe and photograph feeding behavior. Each family was different and distinctive. The Scarths appreciate the opportunity to study Chimney Swift families close to their home. They hope that this year's family will allow them another such opportunity.

Wednesday morning birding starts April 5th!
Details for field trips will be posted on the "Field Trips" page of this website, shared on Facebook and via email.

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Save the Date: April 11th-Fund the Trust Capitol Day
Join Iowa's Water & Land Legacy on April 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Capitol to help make history and urge legislators to pass a bill to finally fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. The program in the rotunda will be fun, informative and hosted by Outdoors Dan. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and program officially starts at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP to get a free t-shirt at

In case you missed it, check out PBS's: Climate Change by Numbers and notes about Global Warming by PRAS Board Member David Voigts.

Merlin  Photo courtesy of PRAS Member
They're baaack! 
Two Merlins were recently seen in the same general area of Ridgeway and Kimball streets in Waterloo. The tree they nested in last year has blown down, but hopefully they'll find another in the neighborhood. Keep your eyes and ears open for these birds and let us know if you see or hear them to! Learn the Merlin's call so you can recognize it.

Swamp Milkweed, Image courtesy Wikipedia
Got milkweed?!
Fontana Nature Center has FREE milkweed seed available for planting now. 

Click the Fontana Nature Center link for more details on why these plants are so important to the Monarch Butterfly population and for hints on how best to plant milkweed. 
Join the Buchanan County Monarch Garden Challenge to further support these butterflies.

Hatching is near; follow the Decorah Eagles and other birdcams on the "Links" page.

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