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
These weekly outings begin at 8:30am and generally last two or more hours. Craig and Kris Rash are our leaders. People of all ages and levels of birding experience are welcome and encouraged to participate. This is a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with birding hotspots in our PRAS counties. Binoculars will be provided if you need to borrow a pair.

The locations of these outings will be publicized on the PRAS website under “Field Trips”, on our Facebook page, and via email messages (sign up for emails using the form on othe "About Us" page). Weather conditions or localized flooding may cause us to cancel or revise locations so be sure to check out our social media communications on a regular basis.

More field trips to be announced.
Past Field Trips
See what you missed by consulting the Sightings page, and plan to join us in the future!
All levels of birders are welcome! These field trips are a great way to explore Waterloo, Iowa's first Bird Friendly City, and other popular birding hotspots in PRAS's six county service area.

03 April   8:30 am Big Woods Lake, Cedar Falls
10 April   8:30 am George Wyth State Park, Waterloo - Cancelled due to weather.
17 April   8:30 am Green Belt Lake (Martin Lake), Waterloo
24 April   8:30 am George Wyth State Park 

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park in SE Iowa.  One of best places in Iowa for spring warblers! Photo courtesy of DNR website.

Join the fun @ the Iowa Ornithologists' Union meeting May 3-5th at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, one of the state's best hotspots for warblers and other spring migrants! 

Field trips include: Lacey-Keosauqua S.P., the Croton, Farmington & Donnellson Units of Shimek State Forest, Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, Fox River Wildlife Area and Mt. Sterling Wetlands.

Keynote speaker: Nathan Pieplow, author of Peterson Field Guides to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America and his newest volume, 
Peterson Field Guides to Bird Sounds of Western North America.

See more details on the Meetings page; registration is now open; registration for meals closes on April 28th. You may register for the conference without meals after that date if you need to. Everyone welcome!