Show your support for conservation...attend the REAP Assembly, Oct 24th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Sportsplex in downtown Waterloo. Click here for more details.

Waterloo Named 1st Bird Friendly City in Iowa!
Mayor Hart & PRAS Board Members receive Iowa's 1st Bird Friendly city designation.
PRAS received special recognition at the October 16th Waterloo City Council meeting when officials with Bird Friendly Iowa presented Mayor Quentin Hart with the state's first Bird Friendly City designation.
Bird Friendly Iowa seeks to protect, restore and enhance bird habitat; reduce threats to birds; educate and engage people in birding and conservation. Earning the "Bird Friendly City" honor, is akin to the "Tree City USA" status that Waterloo also enjoys. Both programs have criteria that communities need to meet to qualify. See the many reasons, Waterloo is bird friendly...

Fontana Park Photo Contest Winners Announced- Congrats Kenneth Heiar!

The 2017 Buchanan County Natural Areas Photo Contest Winners were announced on October 18th on Fontana's Facebook page.

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in flight. George Wyth State Park  Photo by Scott Garrett
Watch the IPTV segment of Iowa Outdoors-Raptor Banding Video
Check out the article on hawkwatching in the current issue of Iowa Outdoors Magazine. PRAS members, Francis Moore, Kris & Craig Rash and Candace Havely are featured in a photo while hawkwatching at Grammar Grove in Marshall County. 

Hawkwatch Opportunities:
Grammar Grove Wildlife Area, Marshall County
Email Candace for more details. Counts on Saturday and Sunday usually begin around 10 a.m. A record number of raptors are being counted at this location this year. In a single day in September, over 1700+Broad-winged Hawks were counted PRAS members Ken and Mary Ann Gregory are regular counters and everyone who attends will learn so much from expert birder/hawkwatch coordinator, Mark Proecheldt. 

Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa
This is the hawkwatch site highlighted in the Iowa Outdoors video. September through December, daily hawkwatch counts are done on the viewing tower. Help count raptors, enjoy seeing the autumnal colors on the Loess Hills and hike the trails in this unique part of our state.

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