Photo courtesy of Paul Roisen
PRAS Annual Potluck & May program: Tuesday, May 9th - 6 pm Paul Roisen - Birds of Madagascar
Can you name this bird?! Join us for our annual potluck and May PRAS meeting as we welcome back our friend Paul Roisen to learn this bird's name and see spectacular photos of other birds from Madagascar!

The potluck begins at 6 p.m.; the PRAS board will provide beverages and tableware, so bring a dish to share. Or just bring yourself; there is always plenty of food! If you can't join us for supper, come at our regular meeting time at 7:00 p.m. We will conduct our Board election and other business meeting tasks, but then settle in for a vicarious trip to Madagascar! This is not to be missed! Hope to see you there! Everyone is welcome...bring a friend!

Photo from public domain.
Citizen Science Projects Need Your Help
Sparrow Swap: Researchers need your help to collect House Sparrow eggs for a research project at The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Last year more than 80 participants in 24 states participated. The aim is to garner more volunteers to monitor nestboxes and participate. Learn more about this project and consider participating.

Photo courtesy Sondra Cabell
Monarch WatchMonarch Watch is seeking the immediate assistance of hundreds of monarch enthusiasts (citizen scientists) in collecting observations of monarchs in their area during the spring and fall. This project is an attempt to assemble quantitative data on monarch numbers at critical times during the breeding season.

Remember you can buy butterfly-friendly plants from the Buchanan County Conservation Board to help support these important pollinators.

Merlin  Photo courtesy of PRAS Member
They're baaack! 
Two Merlins were recently seen in the same general area of Ridgeway and Kimball streets in Waterloo. The tree they nested in last year has blown down, but hopefully they'll find another in the neighborhood. Keep your eyes and ears open for these birds and let us know if you see or hear them to! Learn the Merlin's call so you can recognize it.

It's hatch time...follow the Decorah Eagles, Great Gray Owls and other birdcams on the "Links" page.

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