Join us for Christmas Bird Count - Dec 17 & 18

Saturday, Dec 17th: Bremer County - Count circle map
Sunday,   Dec 18th: Cedar Falls-Waterloo - Count circle map

Contact Francis Moore for details and to let him know if you want to help in the field or even do a feeder count if you live within a count circle.

Christmas Bird Counts for other counties in the PRAS service area are coordinated by others. Consult the Iowa Ornithologists' Union event website for details when they are posted.

In the Sky: December 2022
 Of special interest will be the observable retrograde motion of very bright Mars in Taurus (the Bull).

"O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth."
    - Philip Brooks, "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

MOTUS Towers in Iowa
PRAS has helped to fund MOTUS towers in our service area (Calkins and Bremer County are the first to implement). Check out the MOTUS towers in Iowa; once the list of towers is displayed, click on the number of tags recorded for the tower you are interested in to see what species have been recorded so far.  

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative network of researchers that use automated radio telemetry to simultaneously track hundreds of individuals of numerous species of birds, bats, and insects. The system enables a community of researchers, educators, organizations, and citizens to undertake impactful research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. When compared to other technologies, automated radio telemetry currently allows researchers to track the smallest animals possible, with high temporal and geographic precision, over great distances.

Watch a recent presentation about the Iowa MOTUS tower project by Iowa DNR Non-game Bird Specialist, Anna Buckardt-Thomas, courtesy of the Iowa City Bird Club. 

Panama Fruit Feeder Cam - Enjoy!

Edifying Articles to Learn From...

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

Subscribe to the PRAS YouTube Channel if you are interested in watching recordings of our past Zoom meetings for which we have permission to post for viewing.

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