Iowa Ornithologists' Union Fall Meeting
Aug 23-25, 2019

Join other birders from around the state and enjoy a great weekend with like-minded people! The meeting will be held at Central College. The keynote speaker will be award-winning videographer Tim Barksdale.  Late August is prime time for shorebird migration and Red Rock Reservoir can be a dynamite location to observe them and other rarities. There are nice woodlands and grasslands in the area for other fall migrants. More details are being released on the IOU website. Check it out...

PRAS Field Trips on Summer Hiatus
We'll post info on our Field Trips page if we schedule any impromptu field trips.


Canada Warbler - George Wyth State Park   Photo by Scott Garrett


Blackpoll Warbler at George Wyth State Park  Photo by Scott Garrett



Connecticut Warbler - Riverview Park, Waterloo   Photo by Tom Schilke


Bay-breasted Warbler  Hickory Hills -- B. Plakke

Chestnut-sided Warbler  Hickory Hills  Photo courtesy of Bruce Plakke

Black-crowned Night Heron seen May 11, 2019 at Sweet Marsh - Bird-A-Thon Field Trip   Photo by Bruce Plakke

Black-throated Blue Warbler male seen May 7 at the intersection of Hackett Rd & S. Riverside Trail  Photo by Scott Garrett
Love is in the air...
See Black-necked Stilts mating at Sweet Marsh.

These birds are not always readily seen in Iowa, so seeing breeding behavior exhibited is a good sign that the right habitat is present for this species. A number of years ago, this species was also verified as nesting with fledglings near the new Legacy Wetlands in Hardin County. -- Video courtesy of Kip Ladage; observations by Darrin Siefken and Kip Ladage.


Bird-A-Thon 2019 - 187 species seen!
Click the Bird-A-Thon link above to see the species observed and the total number reported.

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Observe Weird Beaks on Birds? Report it to scientists...
At our January 2019 PRAS program, Ken Heiar presented a fascinating program about the different shaped beaks that birds have. During his program Ken also showed us photos of birds with odd looking beaks...there is a condition called avian keratin disorder (AKD). AKD is characterized by debilitating beak overgrowth and other abnormalities of keratinized tissues. Affected birds have difficulty feeding and preening, and may suffer high rates of mortality. If you see a bird that has an oddly formed beak, please report it to help advance scientific knowledge. Here is the link to report your observations to the research team on the Beak Deformities in Landbirds website


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