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.

Other Field Trip Opportunities

Mississippi River Backwater Birding Tour
Onboard the Maiden Voyage Tour Boat
Sunday, June 24 –  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$25 per person 
Click here for more details.

Iowa Ornithologists' Union Field Trip to NW Iowa Hotspots!
Lee Schoenewe has graciously agreed to lead an IOU field trip to several NW Iowa hotspots on Saturday, June 23rd.  We'll leave at 7:30 a.m. from Oenota Park on the SE side of Spencer.  Lee is planning to visit Dewey's Pasture, Dan Green Slough and Trumbull Lake.  The wetland restoration efforts by the DNR and other groups have created some great habitat for summering birds.  Eared, Red-necked and Western Grebes are again nesting in the area.  Forster's and Black Terns appear to be doing the same.  There is always a good supply of nesting or summering waterfowl and who knows what herons and bitterns will be present.  It's just a great place for birders at this time of year.  The trip is free and open to anyone  We do require pre-registration, so we have an idea of how many trip leaders to line up.  You can register at

Past PRAS Field Trips - Check out what we saw on the Sightings page.

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 inclement weather

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