Field Trips

Field trips will be announced on this page, at our PRAS meetings, in the PRAS newsletter, The Red Tail, and by email. Check out the Sightings page after each field trip to read about our observations.

Wednesday Morning Birding Fall 2018
Kris and Craig Rash will once again be leading PRAS’s popular Wednesday Morning PRAS birding field trips.  Contact them at 319-984-5608 for details or if you have questions.

If inclement weather threatens, field trips may be cancelled.  Check your email, the PRAS website ( and the PRAS Facebook page for updates.                                                             
Oct 24  8:30 am   Hartman Reserve Lower Level, Cedar Falls Go to Lookout Park and access Park Dr, follow road to lower level parking lot.

Other Birding Opportunities

Driftless Area Birding Festival - Sat. Nov. 10th
Allamakee County Conservation is offering a Driftless Area Birding Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Birders and all who have an interest in nature are invited to the famed Driftless Area to attend.  

Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans and other waterfowl are concentrating on the Mississippi River, and wintering Golden Eagles and other raptors and non-raptor species will be in their traditional haunts.  Numbers of migrants and wintering species are expected to be at their peak on Nov. 10.  An indoor highlight of the festival will be a presentation by Dr. Paul Skrade, Upper Iowa University, covering his research on Cerulean Warblers and other nesting species in Northeast Iowa at 1 p.m. 

This event will be headquartered at the gorgeous and highly informative Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, the brand new home of the Allamakee County Conservation.  The center is located just 1-mile south of Lansing, and offers a wonderful deck-view of the Mississippi River Valley and the scenic bluffs at the very heart of the multi-state Driftless Area.  

Experiencing the variety of interpretive exhibits and historical materials at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center is reason enough to attend and participate.  And there is a great number of birding and nature viewing opportunities within minutes of the center.

Ross Gerdes, Naturalist with Allamakee County Conservation, is the lead person for this event.  For more information, please see this press release, or call the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center at 563-538-0403.  


Past PRAS Field Trips - Check out what we saw on the Sightings page.
3 Oct  Big Woods Lake, Cedar Falls

27 September Hickory Hills, Tama County
12 September  UNI Wetlands, Cedar Falls
30 May Beaver Valley Wetland and Railroad Lake Area
23 May Robinson Bird Sanctuary, Waterloo            
16 May Hickory Hills, Tama County
12 May Sweet Marsh - Int'l Migratory Bird Day
11 May Photography field trips at Greenbelt Lake
09 May Greenbelt Lake (morning/afternoon field trips)
02 May Lower Level Hartman Reserve

04 April George Wyth State Park, Waterloo
11 April Ingawanis Woodland in Bremer County
18 April Big Woods Lake - Cancelled due to weather

21 April Hardin County Wildflowers and Wetlands
25 April Riverview  Park, Harold Getty Lake, Waterloo