It's Official!  Denver is Iowa's 3rd Bird Friendly Community

On August 3, 2020, the Denver City Council, officially recognized that Denver, Iowa was  named as Iowa's third Bird Friendly Community. Gary Everding and Laura Chaplin, the leaders organizing the Denver community, are seen holding the Iowa Bird Friendly flag that will be presented at the meeting by members by Zoom technology.   Gary and Laura were responsible in preparing and writing the application for this request.  Denver became the the third community to achieve Bird Friendly status in Iowa.

Prairie Rapids Audubon Society played a supportive roll in Denver achieving this status. Congratulations to all. -- Craig Rash PRAS Vice President 

Talkin' Birds -- Podcast
Take a listen to Ray Brown's podcast using the link above; he highlights various topics on birding, and birds and nature. Be sure to tune into Ray's August programs and you will likely hear familiar voices from our very own PRAS organization!  We will have our very own podcast celebrities! Tune in!

In the Sky: August 2020
Of special interest will be Comet NEOWISE, if it is still visible, and the Perseid meteor shower on the night of August 11-12

Neowise Comet - July 2020 - Photo by Mrs. Hach


Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Photo by John McCormick

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Photo by John McCormick

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Photo by John McCormick
Birding with Social Distancing Still Rewarding!
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 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.” 

    -- Pavel Florensky, Russian Orthodox priest, in a letter to his children shortly before his execution in a Soviet gulag in 1937.

White-faced Ibis at Diagonal Marsh, Waterloo. Photo by John McCormick

Bird-A-Thon 2020

211 Species Sighted!

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
Bird Migration 101: By Anna Buckardt Thomas, DNR Avian Ecologist.  Anna was to be our April speaker until we had to cancel our program. But don't worry we are working to schedule her for next year!

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

PRAS Election

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  

Find an injured bird or animal? Call: 319-277-6511

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