Join Us: Wednesday morning birding! See the Field Trips page for more details.

PRAS Meeting: Tuesday April 15th 7 p.m.
Bruce Ehresman, Wildlife Diversity Bird Biologist, Iowa DNR will speak on birds and bird nests. 

Audubon's 314 Birds At Risk:
American Woodcock 
Click here to learn about the American Woodcock and the precarious future this species faces due to climate change via Audubon's dynamic website. American Woodcock can now be seen doing their "dance". See the March 16th entry on the "Sightings" page of our website to find out where you can see these birds spectacular show in the Cedar Valley. See a video of this bird on the "Etc." page of our website. 

Here are some fun facts about the American Woodcock:
• There is no pair bond in this species and the male provides no parental care. Nor is there any evidence of a social dominance hierarchy.
• This species responds well to aggressive habitat management by humans.
• The elaborate courtship ritual of the male American Woodcock may be repeated as long as four months running, sometimes continuing even after females have already hatched their brood and left the nest.
• A group of woodcock has many collective nouns, including a "flight", "fall", "plump" or "rush" of woodcock. -- Facts compiled from iBird3.


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Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker   
Hartman Reserve - Cedar Falls Iowa

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker- Hartman Reserve - Photo courtesy of Tom Schilke
25 PRAS members met on March 12th and were treated to great observations of the leucistic Pileated Woodpecker at Hartman Reserve in Cedar Falls. 

Want to see this bird to?

Park at the north end of the parking lot of River Hills School located at 2700 Grand Boulevard (near Hartman Reserve); wear your boots as it may be muddy. 

Walk a very short way down the trail. Look to the west for Shagbark Hickory tree with a roost hole on the north side; listen for the bird's calls; it is very vocal and often calls as it approaches the roost hole. 

This bird reliably comes to its roost hole near dusk anywhere from about 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.