We've canceled our Sat, Jan 18th Field Trip due to weather.

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

Cool Winter Birds
Red Crossbills have been seen multiple times recently in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Listen for their chatter and while they are actively feeding pinecones may be showering down to the ground. 
This finch is interesting as they can rear young at any time of the year, even winter. All they need is a good source of food. Read more about this interesting bird and listen to the sound files to learn their call.
PRAS member, C. Havely @ Hickory Hills

Start the new decade off right...Get outside!

Missed our program last night? You may still listen to Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller on January 3rd's Talk of Iowa episode as she talks with Charity Nebbe about forest bathing.  Then plan to experience a forest bathing hike at Hartman Reserve on February 2nd--register soon as this event is filling up. Stay tuned for more forest bathing sessions at Hartman and in Buchanan County to be scheduled. 

Read more: Birding with Benefits: How Nature Improves our Mental Mindsets - Audubon magazine

MLK Weekend Field Trip - Saturday, January 18th - Indian Creek Nature Center
See the Field Trips page for more details.

In the Sky: January 2020

Great Horned Owl - George Wyth S.P.  Photo by Stephanie Kleiner
Lots of Trumpeter Swans near South Amana on 12/17/19. Photo by Jerry Gade

Trumpeter Swan Soiree, Saturday January 18, 2020 - Walnut Woods State Park near West Des Moines, Iowa. 

Iowa's newest Bird Friendly Community: Denver, Iowa! 
Congratulations to the inspired citizens and city officials of Denver, IA as they successfully completed the process of being named Iowa's third Bird Friendly Iowa Community! PRAS is happy to be a partner and provide opportunities for citizen science and education as Bremer County is one of the six counties our chapter serves. 

Bald Eagle - Photo by Gary Everding, Bremer County

Iowa Outdoors 2020 Calendar
Check out the Iowa Outdoors annual calendar and you'll find a familiar name...PRAS's own talented photographer and Board member, Kenneth Heiar, who has six photos featured!

Trumpeter Swans-Waterloo   Click this link to hear their calls.  Photo and audio recording courtesy of Bill Schuerman.
Trumpeter Swans - Millers Quarry - Photo by Bill Schuerman

Notice anything under the owl? Look for the little pink foot...
Northern Saw-whet Owl - Photo by Alan Orr

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