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.

Birding event you do not want to miss...

Friday, September 6 - Swift Night Out - Denver, IA

Come join Kris and Craig Rash as they celebrate their 3rd annual Swift Night Out in Denver, Iowa observing and counting Chimney Swifts as they enter the Buhrow’s brick chimney to roost for the evening.
We will meet Friday, September 6, at 7:26 p.m. at the parking lot between Buhrows and Herman businesses located at the Larrabee and Fayette intersection in Denver just east of the fire station.  Bring a lawn chair or set in your car. The event should last for 15 minutes.
After the birding we hope to enjoy ice cream treats at the Sweet Spot. Rain date would be Saturday, September 7.

Wednesday Morning Birding
Sept 4    8:30 a.m. Robinson Bird Sanctuary From Hwy 20/Hwy 63 exchange in Waterloo, drive south to Ranchero Road and turn right (west). The parking lot is on the left side of the road. Waterloo
Sept 11 8:30 a.m.  Big Woods Lake  Meet in the south parking lot at end of Big Woods Road off E. Main St. in Cedar Falls.  Sept 18 8:30 a.m George Wyth State Park  Meet at Kiosk on Wyth Road just inside east entrance off Airport Blvd.  Cedar Falls.      
Sept 25 8:30 a.m. Hartman Reserve Lower Level  Start at Lookout Park and access Park Drive. Continue to lower level parking area on left side. Cedar Falls Oct  2 8:30 a.m. Greenbelt Lake (Martin Lake)  Meet at parking lot on Martin Road.  Waterloo

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 - Canceled due to weather.
17 April   8:30 am Green Belt Lake (Martin Lake), Waterloo
24 April   8:30 am George Wyth State Park 
01 May    8:30 a.m. Hartman Reserve - Lower section
08 May    8:30 a.m. Greenbelt Lake (Bird-A-Thon field trip) - Canceled due to rain.
10 May    8:30 a.m. Hartman Reserve (Bird-A-Thon field trip)
11 May    7:30 a.m. Sweet Marsh (Bird-A-Thon field trip)
15 May    8:30 a.m. Hickory Hills
22 May    8:30 a.m. Robinson Bird Sanctuary, Waterloo
29 May    8:30 a.m. Riverview Park, Waterloo

  • These weekly outings begin at 8:30 am 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! 
  • Learn about the birding hotspots in our PRAS counties. 
  • Binoculars will be provided if you need to borrow a pair.
  • Sign up for emails using the form on the "About Us" page to receive messages about field trips. 
  • 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.