Your vote is your voice.
Check out this non-partisan voter guide from the Hawkeye Community College Library that details important election deadlines, candidate information, links to find your local polling locations, etc. 

Bird Food Fund Needs a Boost
Cold weather is upon us and our bird food supply needs a boost. We appreciate any and all donations. PRAS maintains bird feeding stations at George Wyth, Cedar Falls Visitor Center and the Cedar Valley Hospice.

Send donations to: PRAS P.O. Box 682 Waterloo, IA 50704 or make a donation using our secure PayPal link on the About Us page.

“The Bears of Katmai”
By Craig Meyers, Wildlife Photographer
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 PM
Location: via Zoom - Meeting ID is: 581 087 8571 Passcode: 1999    

Use this: One-click link to join the meeting without having to enter the meeting ID or password. 

Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula is well known as the "go to" place to see coastal brown bears. While many fear bears, and rightly so, it's possible to share the space and get along with them too. Come meet the bears and other wildlife of Katmai. The presenter will be Craig Meyers, a wildlife photographer of 40 years, who spends his free time traveling and taking pictures.

Birdability:Help ensure birding is accessible to all
Do you enjoy a local trail that is accessible to everyone? Submit details using this short form so others can learn about this location. 

Birdability from on Vimeo.

Rusty Blackbirds in fall migration

Rusty Blackbirds at Diagonal Marsh, early October 2020 Photo by John McCormick
See the "Photos" link for more photos.

If you miss our Zoom programs you may find the recordings we have permission to post on the Newsletters page of this website or on Prairie Rapids Audubon Society's YouTube channel.

In the Sky: November 2020
Of special interest will be the movement of brilliant, but dimming, Mars into the evening sky.  See it soon before it dims.  It joins very bright Jupiter and Saturn that will be in the southwestern sky. - 
Enjoy, David Voigts
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member,
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds --
  - Thomas Hood, English poet (1799-1845)

American Robin - Hickory Hills - Tama County  Photo by John McCormick

Waterloo 1st City to Achieve Sustained Flight Status - Bird Friendly Iowa
Congratulations to the city of Waterloo who has now achieved the Sustained Flight status from Bird Friendly Iowa. "Your community's dedication to birds and the habitat they rely on is outstanding...The steps that Waterloo has taken to make it possible for people to engage in birding, to reduce threats to birds and to protect bird habitat is exemplary." - Carole Teator, Bird Friendly Iowa -  Excerpt from The Courier article written by Kelly Wenzel

Denver, Iowa-Bird Friendly Initiatives: 
Fall Birding by Gary Everding

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. 

Find an injured bird or animal? 

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