Join Us: Wednesday morning birding continues. Check out our Allamakee County Field Trips, including a Mississippi River boat tour to see/hear Cerulean Warblers. See the Field Trips page for more details.

Wood Duck WebCam now live, see the "Links" page to view.

Allamakee County Field Trip and Mississippi River Birding Tours 
Robert Vavra of Maiden Voyage Tours will have several special birding by boat tours out of McGregor Iowa in 2015.  The tours will include a visit to Cerulean Warbler habitat in middle of Pool 10 near the upper portion of the Sny Magill complex.  This is an island complex just down river from Pikes Peak State Park and across the river from Wyalusing State Park.  (If you are interested in listening to Cerulean Warblers, bring some boots for island hiking).

Dates and Times:
May 30 – Saturday – 8 am to noon – open to the public
June 14 – Sunday – 8 am to noon (special Audubon tour).

$20 per person – if interested, please register in advance 

The Maiden Voyage tour boat will leave from the McGregor Public Dock which is just north of the Kwik Star convenience store, downtown McGregor. For more details: 
Robert Vavra Maiden Voyage Tours 563-880-8970 –
Jon Stravers at 563-880-8046 –

For those wanting to carpool to the boat tours, let Craig Rash or Tom Schilke know as we will need to leave the parking lot at the HyVee on Logan Ave 9 (Hwy 63) in Waterloo by 5:45 a.m.

Memorial Day Hike and Picnic May 25: Allamakee County Field Trip
7:00 a.m. Leave Logan Ave. HyVee in Waterloo
9:00 a.m. Arrive at parking lot of Black Hawk Point south of New Albin
            Bluffs, Goat Prairies, grouse, warblers, scenery, etc.  
            Hiking could get to be a few miles total - with hills 
Afternoon picnic at Chuck and Susan LeMaster’s cabin on 2652 Golden Ridge Road
            Pack a picnic lunch and snacks and beverage

Late afternoon - bird the refuge on the Mississippi at New Albin.

RSVP to The LeMasters at or all at 641-228-2605
Black-throated Green Warbler  Photo courtesy of Tom Schilke
PRAS Bird-A-Thon May 3-10th
Click here to see the 215 species seen or heard -- a new record! If you saw a species not on the list, let us know and we will add it!

See the "Sightings" page to read about the birds seen on the Bird-A-Thon field trips.

  Email Craig Rash at
 with your sightings and we will add them to the list.
Highland Elementary Students Collect Money for Bird-A-Thon! 
For the month of April, students at Highland Elementary in Waterloo have been studying prairie and bird habitats.   Highland has had a prairie on their campus since 2007 and every year they walk through it and focus on different aspects of it.  Last fall they planted milkweed in another area, and this spring their units included the study of habitat for birds and more prairie facts—and featured a “how can I help?” aspect.  Each room had a collection jar; on May 8th the class presented the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society with a check for $254.54 to be used for the Birdathon grants!  Thank you so much for contributing to our grant fund and thank you for caring about our environment and the birds who call it home! 


PRAS members and Black Hawk CCB staff used propane torches to safely apply heat to garlic mustard at Hickory Hills. The process is quick and allows a lot of area to be treated in a short time. The true efficacy of this mode of mitigation is yet to be seen...time will tell.