|Varied Thrush - Cedar Falls, Iowa|
This Varied Thrush, usually found in the West and Alaska is still coming to a feeder in Cedar Falls. See the Sightings page for details.
Update: Senate passed SF548 by 32-17 vote
Several legislators have acknowledged how important it is for constituents to continue to voice their opinions about this bill as it goes to the House. Call or email your legislators or consider sending a message to all Representatives, and make your voice heard.
Remember Chickadee Check-Off Supports Wildlife Conservation
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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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