In the Sky: July 2020
Mark Hemmes, a birder visiting from Colorado scored five new life birds while birding recently with Craig Rash, Tom Schilke and Bill Hemmes. While staying at an appropriate distance away, birding can still be rewarding, especially when your new life birds are Merlin, Black-billed Cuckoo, Bell's Vireo and Eastern Meadowlark! We love to bird with our PRAS members' family when they visit (Mark is Laura and Bill Hemmes son); it is such fun to introduce them to our regional birds and show them our birding hotspots! We're glad you shared your birding adventures with us Mark!
|Mark Hemmes, Tom Schilke (center), Craig Rash. Bill Hemmes not pictured.|
|Bobolink field at Hickory Hills, Tama County.|
|Two course meal! Male Eastern Bluebird Photo by John McCormick|
|Female Eastern Bluebird with a two course meal as well! Photo by John McCormick|
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Nature can heal...so a quote for these troubling times:
“Look more often at the stars. When you have a weight on your soul, look at the stars or the blue of the sky.
Then your soul will find peace.”
Then your soul will find peace.”
-- Pavel Florensky, Russian Orthodox priest, in a letter to his children shortly before his execution in a Soviet gulag in 1937.Bird-A-Thon 2020
Go to our Bird-A-Thon page to read Craig's summary and find a printable donation form or make a donation online.
Any and all contributions are appreciated!
|Yellow Warbler @ Greenbelt Lake, Waterloo Photo by John McCormick|
|Yellow-rumped Warblers are back! Photo by John McCormick|
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online Activities
This article provides multiple links to online resources. Watch online birdcams for various bird species around the world, learn bird vocalizations, brush up on identification skills, take the free webinar on how to use eBird, etc.
Dubuque County Peregrine Falcon Cam
Panama Fruit Feeder - Cornell Feeder/Nest Cams
Click the play button below to watch the live footage of Panama birds and other mammals!
Click the link to the Cornell Feeder/Nest Cams above to find other live bird cams to enjoy!
|Ruby-crowned Kinglet Photo by John McCormick|
This tiny bird has kind of a big song, take a listen; it just sings and sings and it is loud for such a small bird.
Discover Birds & Nature Virtually
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We will now hold our elections for PRAS officers at our September 2020 meeting. Standing for re-election are our officers Tom Schilke - president, Craig Rash - vice president, Francis Moore - treasurer, and Candace Havely - secretary. Board members seeking renewal are Kris Rash, David Voigts, Jim Welch, Charlene Heiar, and Tom Stone. Those wishing to be considered for board election should contact PRAS at email@example.com.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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