In the Sky: June 2020
Of special interest are the chance to see Mercury and a comet in the early evening during the first days of June.

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!

Iowa DNR Online Resources, Webinars, Databases

NOTE: National Audubon Society's June Climate Watch Surveys Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Check out your local PBS's channel and find NOVA's "Eagle Power" episode that was broadcast on May 20th. The Decorah Eagles were featured, as were many other species found throughout the world. 

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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