Wednesday Morning Birding continues. See our Field Trips page for details.

Work Days: Your Help Will Be Greatly Appreciated
Hoover Middle School, Sat. Oct 13th  9:00 am
Meet at Hoover Prairie next to the observatory by the football field. The half acre prairie at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo needs some restoration work. PRAS has supported the prairie since it was first planted in 1999.  We will meet lead teacher Tony Kirsch to cut and treat trees and do other clean up. Bring gloves, lopping shears or hand tree saws, small foam paint brush - if you have them.

LeMaster Property- Allamakee County - Thursday or Friday Oct. 18 or 19th
Day long field trip to the LeMaster property in Allamakee Co. to do restoration work on their goat prairie - and enjoy the leaves, birds, fresh air and each other. The LeMasters will provide soup and sloppy joes for lunch and a donation to PRAS for our efforts.  Looks like the weather will be nice.  We will want to blend some work with enjoying the day. 
7:30 a.m. Leave from HyVee parking lot by Logan Plaza on Hwy 63 in north Waterloo (car pool)
9:30 a.m. Arrive - divide into teams to cut, treat, and remove buckthorn and other brush, and pick seed.
Noonish - lunch, bring drink and a little something to share.
Afternoon - more work if needed and birding and bumming around enjoying the area.
Leave when you want.  
Bring - gloves, sturdy boots, lopping shears, hand saws for small trees, binoculars, snacks, water.
IMPORTANT - If you plan on going let us know, and whether you can go either day or just Thursday or just Friday.  We will choose just one day to go.  Contact 319-232-8199 or 641-228-2605 

They Built It...and They Came: Pintail Marsh in Hardin County
Pintail Marsh, Hardin County in late August 2018 looking east from the observation platform.

PRAS and Iowa Ornithologists' Union grants helped fund the two observation platforms.
Tom Schilke shared pictures and stories about the evolution of Pintail Marsh in Hardin County at our Oct. 9th meeting. Here is one the great sparrows seen during fall migration at Pintail.  The Nelson's Sparrow is easily identified by the gray nape and gray cheek. They are often found near the water and as Tom said, they sound like a sizzle in a fry pan 

Read, listen and learn about birds:
Fall migration is at hand...light pollution is perilous to migrating birds. Read this New York Times article to see what measures were taken during the recent 9/11 events that helped to reduce bird fatalities.

Here is a podcast from NPR titled Birdcast: Predicting Bird Migrations

Iowa Outdoors online has a nice article on one of PRAS's premiere birding hotspots, Sweet Marsh in Bremer County. Make sure you come to our PRAS meeting in November as Brian Button, editor of Iowa Outdoors will be our featured speaker.

Another Iowa DNR online article: Warblers Starting Their Migration

Bird Food Fund Needs Replenished...
PRAS supports bird feeders at several different locations in the Cedar Valley including at Hartman Reserve, George Wyth State Park, Cedar Falls Visitor Center and Cedar Valley Hospice.  These bird feeders bring enjoyment to many people, plus we are feeding lots of birds of various species!  Any contribution is helpful.  Please send to:

Prairie Rapids Audubon Society
P.O. Box 682
Waterloo, IA 50704

You will receive a receipt acknowledging your monetary contribution via mail. All contributions are welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

Buying Federal Duck Stamps is among the simplest ways that anyone can participate in wildlife and habitat conservation. Duck Stamps are a required annual purchase for waterfowl hunters 16 and older, and a current duck stamp grants the bearer free entrance into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. But whether you are a hunter, birder or other outdoors enthusiast or you simply want to help preserve our natural resources for future generations to enjoy, you can contribute to conservation by buying Duck Stamps.

You may often purchase duck stamps at sporting goods stores that sell hunting and fishing licenses. Call your local post office and ask if they have duck stamps for sale.  You may also buy them online from the American Birding Association.

Information from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website for Duck Stamps. 

Bird-A-Thon donations are still being accepted.  Click here to get a print-friendly PDF of the 2018 Bird-A-Thon pledge form. 

2018 Grant Project Funds Awarded
Your donations are working to make a difference to birds, people and habitats. See our Making a Difference page for more details.

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