In the Sky: April 2024
"The Lydians and the Medes after five years ... were still warring, ...
so when (they) saw the day turned to night, they ceased from fighting, and ... (made) peace."
- 74 A.D. Herodotus, History I
Enjoy... David Voigts, PRAS Board Member

A total solar eclipse. Photo by David Voigts

Looking out over the landscape during a solar eclipse.  Photo by David Voigts

Wednesday Morning Birding
See details on the Field Trips page.

"Iowa’s Largest and Tallest Trees"

by Mark Rouw

Watch recording - presentation begins around 24:00 minute mark.

Mark Rouw has been searching for the biggest trees in Iowa for nearly 50 years. In his presentation, Mark will be showing photos of some of Iowa’s biggest trees, and sharing some interesting stories associated with these exceptional trees.

Mark Rouw was born and schooled in Iowa. He is a talented artist--you might have seen his illustrations in the field guide, Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa. Mark currently works for the Science Center of Iowa, primarily as the Animal Specialist. About ten years ago, he became a certified arborist, winning several awards from different tree related organizations, including Trees Forever, the Iowa Arborist Association, and last fall was presented with the Frudden Award from the Iowa Society of American Foresters. Although most of his big tree work has been in Iowa, he's done some big tree hunting in other states. Be prepared to be awed by the majestic giants among us! Photos above by Mark Rouw, left: former champion Pin oak, right: former champion Catalpa.

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Did you know that most birds migrate at night? Unfortunately, they can be drawn off course by lighted structures—many are killed in building collisions or drop from exhaustion after circling them. Learn how you can help. https://bit.ly/3TAliGq

Climate Models Do Work
Read PRAS Board Member Conservation Chair, David Voigts' column.

Missing your print copy of the RedTail Newsletter?
We've gone online now...check out the online RedTail Newsletter on the "Newsletters & Zoom" page and find archived newsletters. 

Song on a Wire - Wikimedia Commons
Bird Flight Patterns and Music Concert Program
You are now able to access the online concert video and curriculum (see link and password below-posted with permission by the copyright holder).
The link provides the full concert video and online curriculum with activities, lessons, extra musical performances, composer interviews and educational games. 
This resource will remain active through June 2022 (for one year), so utilize it for your programs, personal edification working with your children or grandchildren to teach them about music and birds!

Password:  BFPMC  (case sensitive)


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