Join Us: Bremer County Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 14th 7:00 a.m. 
Black Hawk County Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, Dec. 20th 7:00 a.m.  
See the article below or the "Field Trips" page for more details.


Thank you Tom Moon for this video of the leucistic Pileated Woodpecker at Hartman Reserve in Cedar Falls. 

See the PRAS Photos page for some great new photos including shots of the light plumaged Pileated Woodpecker that has been observed at Hartman Reserve in Cedar Falls. This woodpecker is leucistic. Leucism, or leukism, is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers. As a result, the birds do not have the normal, classic plumage colors listed in field guides, and instead the plumage has several color changes, which may include: white patches where the bird should not have any; paler overall plumage that looks faint; diluted or bleached or overall white plumage with little or no color discernible. 


Tis the season...for Christmas Bird Counts!
From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.
From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition -- and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation. -- National Audubon Society
Join PRAS members as we conduct Christmas Bird Counts for Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. You can join us for an hour or two or for the whole day...you decide!  You may also conduct a feeder count at your own house as long as it is located in the official count circle.  If you have questions or want to do a feeder count, email admin@gopras.org and your message will get forwarded to Francis Moore, our CBC coordinator. 
  • Sunday, December 14th: Bremer County Christmas Count - 7:00 a.m.
    Meet at 
    the Hy-Vee across from Logan Plaza (north of Allen Hospital) in Waterloo at 7:00 a.m. If you are from Bremer County or points north, contact Francis Moore (319-269-0741) to find out where to meet in Bremer County.
  • Saturday, December 20th: Black Hawk County Christmas Count - 7:00 a.m.
    Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Hardees on University Avenue, just west of the Falls Avenue intersection in Waterloo.  Birding will mainly involve the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area.
All birders participating in the Christmas Bird Counts will meet for a hot soup potluck supper at the Cedar Falls Visitor's Center on Hudson Road after the Black Hawk County count on Dec. 20th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  If you can bring something to share, that would be fine. If not, that's okay...there is always plenty of food at PRAS events! Both the Bremer County and Black Hawk County observations will be tallied at this time. Food, fun and fellowship will be on the menu for all who attend so join us and help contribute to this "citizen science" activity that has become a seasonal tradition for bird watchers and nature lovers alike.