Wednesday Morning Birding 
See Field Trips page for details.

In The Sky: September 2023
Of special interest will be the fall equinox and public star party on September 23.
"This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius."
   - Gerome Ragni and James Rado for the musical "Hair."  1967.
(The Age of Aquarius will not arrive for 600 years when the precession
of Earth's axis takes the spring equinox into Aquarius.)

Photo by David Voigts. Jupiter in Aries  Jupiter is the bright star at bottom.

In the Sky: Oct 2023

"The inhabitants of ... Judea are more closely familiar to Aries and Mars."
      - Ptolemy ca. A.D. 150

Hawk ID: Learning the River of Raptors
by Naturalist Mike Havlik
Tuesday, Sept 12th - 7pm
First Presbyterian Church
902 Main St. Cedar Falls

We are hoping to have the technology smoothed out, so here's the Zoom info for those who may want to try connecting virtually. 
Click this Zoom link; should you need it, the meeting ID is 581 087 8571 and the passcode is 1999

Zoom recording will be posted to the Newsletter & Zoom page soon.

Have you ever looked up at a hawk and said, “That’s not a red-tail.” There are more than a dozen different kinds of hawks that migrate through Iowa in the fall. This fun, fast-paced program will give you identifying field marks for different hawks in flight. Every participant will make their own field guide while the naturalist draws it on an overhead projector. Great preparation for upcoming Hawk Watch events.

Mike Havlik is a passionate naturalist, gonzo birder, and amateur musician. He is currently employed by Dallas County Conservation Board. Mike is a very popular naturalist and speaker - one of the most popular speakers we have had at PRAS.

 We welcome him back, and you back, for another season of learning and sharing our passions for the out of doors together. Bring a pencil, and a friend. All are welcome.

Composite photo of Chimney Swifts @ the Denver, IA Swift Night Out
Photo by John McCormick

RedTail Newsletter
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Composite photo with 0.05 seconds between each position. Photo by John McCormick. 

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)

      Find an injured bird or animal? Call Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project 319-277-6511

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