Decorah Eagles:Two Eggs Laid
The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) announced that the first egg of 2017 was laid in the Decorah Eagle's nest on Monday, Feb 20th. This is the 27th egg laid by this female. The second egg was laid on Thursday, Feb. 23rd. Read more on the RRP website. Tune into the Decorah Eagle cam and other bird cams; find easy access on the Links page.

Put on your travelin' shoes...regional bird festivals await!

Used with permission from photographer Alan Stankevitz
Houston, MN: International Owl Festival, March 3-5th

Kearney, NE: Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival, March 16-19th

See the Field Trips page for news re: PRAS Wednesday Morning Birding field trips.

Tuesday, March 14th 7 p.m. - Everyone welcome!
902 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA

Bruce Plakke and PRAS Members will share stories and photos highlighting their adventures in Costa Rica. 

  • Tom Stone will recount the pre-ecotourism days of birding the province of Guanacaste.
  • Tom Schilke will talk about Guanacaste's hummingbird banding project, Operation Ruby-throat.
  • Nine PRAS members toured Costa Rica last year; Bruce Plakke's photo collection will share the colors, strange wildlife and the sometimes shocking events witnessed during their adventures in the tropics. Don't miss this program...stunning birds captured by PRAS expert photographers are certain to be crowd pleasers!

Swamp Milkweed, Image courtesy Wikipedia
Got milkweed?!

Fontana Nature Center has FREE milkweed seed available for planting now. 

Click the Fontana Nature Center link for more details on why these plants are so important to the Monarch Butterfly population and for hints on how best to plant milkweed.

Chickadee Checkoff Benefits Iowa Wildlife
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
Although still generally called the Chickadee Check-off, today's Iowa 1040 just refers to the term "Fish/Wildlife" fund on a line near the end of the tax form (Contributions section around lines 55-60). Even though tax form terminology has changed, contributions made on this line still are credited to the special Wildlife Diversity Program account and are used to further conservation of wildlife that cannot be hunted fished or trapped. 

It's nesting time somewhere! Check out this hummingbird cam in sunny California! See links for more birdcams on the "Links" page.

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