Wednesday Morning Birding continues. See our Field Trips page for details on future field trips. 

UNI's Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series presents:

Monarch Butterfly expert, Karen Oberhauser
Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect: A conservation biologist ponders moving beyond the documentation of declines

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 002, Sabin Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large annual fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation, and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Karen Oberhauser will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, and then discuss what all of us can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come. Her visit is a part of UNI's 2018/2019 Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series.
PRAS Program-Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 9th & Main St. Cedar Falls

All are welcome. 

Brian Button, editor of the DNR's publication Iowa Outdoors, will be our featured speaker.


FYI: Driftless Area Birding Festival - Saturday, Nov. 10th
See the Field Trips page for details.


Have you seen this bird?
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Photo by Wolfgang Wander - Creative Commons Photo

Keep your eye out for this visitor to your suet or seed feeders. Reported observances of the Red-breasted Nuthatch have been received for Iowa since late September. Learn more about this endearing little bird at Cornell's website. Be sure to listen to the sound files of this bird's vocalizations. It sounds like a tiny tin horn! Let us know if you see this species...this seems to be a great year to see these birds.

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. 

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