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Wednesday, October 7th: Hickory Hills 8:54 a.m.
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Tues, Oct. 13th: PRAS meeting, 7 p.m. 
Everyone welcome - 902 Main St. Cedar Falls, First Presbyterian Church
Nature Photographers Linda and Robert Scarth present 
“Inside Passage : Bears, Whales, Totems & More in the Tongass and Great Bear Rainforests” 
We are privileged to have nature photographers Linda and Robert Scarth as our program at our PRAS meeting October 13 at 7 p.m.  Our meetings are held at First Presbyterian Church, 9th and Main Streets in Cedar Falls.  PRAS meetings are open to the public.
Many people dream of travelling on a small boat to remote islands and other little visited places. Photographers Linda & Robert Scarth have made two trips on a 50 foot custom trawler along the Southeast Alaska and British Columbia coasts. Their images and experiences are in their presentation: "Inside Passage: Bears, Whales, Totems & More in the Tongass and Great Bear Rainforests". The captain is a naturalist who knows what photographers and other naturalists hope to experience and see.
The highlight of their most recent trip was to sit on a long jam on a waterfall on Gribbell Island, BC with a Spirit Bear (white black bear) fishing just meters away.  The white or creamed colored Black Bears of the Great Bear Rainforest are sacred to the First Nations people. They hope their images of the animals, birds, plants  and communities along the Inside Passage contribute to the protection of the rain forests, salmon and bears that provide a sustainable living for people  in the area.

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Hawkwatch: Grammer Grove Wildlife Area
Saturday, October 25th

2030 127th St., Lipscomb, IA (~10 miles NW of Marshalltown), Marshall County
October is a prime raptor watching time and Grammer Grove, strategically positioned along the Iowa River, is a prime raptor watching area. Join experienced IOU birders and the Grammer Grove hawk watchers as we watch the southerly raptor migration and teach about raptors and raptor identification. The trails of Grammer Grove are also a great place to view
other resident and migration passarines!

7:45-8:45AM Sunrise passerine birding
8:45-9:30AM Raptor identification program
9:30-2:00PM Raptor watching

Be sure to dress warmly in layers, bring your binoculars and a portable chair to sit on. 

This field trip is the first Iowa Ornithologists' Union field trip organized by the IOU Events Committee; they appreciate your support as they embark upon this new venture, bringing new opportunities to bird with other people interested in birds, nature and conservation in our state.