Bird Friendly Iowa


2020: Waterloo 1st City to Achieve Sustained Flight Status - Bird Friendly Iowa
Congratulations to the city of Waterloo who has now achieved the Sustained Flight status from Bird Friendly Iowa. "Your community's dedication to birds and the habitat they rely on is outstanding...The steps that Waterloo has taken to make it possible for people to engage in birding, to reduce threats to birds and to protect bird habitat is exemplary." - Carole Teator, Bird Friendly Iowa -  Excerpt from The Courier article written by Kelly Wenzel

Nesting Merlins in Waterloo
Nesting Merlins and our own, PRAS President, Tom Schilke were featured on the front page of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.  Read the article here.

2019: Denver, Iowa Named 3rd Bird Friendly City in Iowa!

Congratulations to Denver, IA and their inspired citizens, led by Gary Everding and Laura Chapin, in being named as Iowa's third Bird Friendly Community! Well done all!  

On August 3, 2020, the Denver City Council, officially recognized that Denver, Iowa was  named as Iowa's third Bird Friendly Community. Gary Everding and Laura Chaplin, the leaders organizing the Denver community, are seen holding the Iowa Bird Friendly flag that will be presented at the meeting by members by Zoom technology.   Gary and Laura were responsible in preparing and writing the application for this request.  Denver became the the third community to achieve Bird Friendly status in Iowa.

Prairie Rapids Audubon Society played a supportive roll in Denver achieving this status. Congratulations to all. -- Craig Rash PRAS Vice President 



Fall Birding - By Gary Everding
Community Efforts in Play at the Soccer Fields - By Gary Everding, Denver, Iowa


2017: Waterloo Named 1st Bird Friendly City in Iowa!
Mayor Hart & PRAS Board Members receive Iowa's 1st Bird Friendly city designation.
PRAS received special recognition at the October 16, 2017 Waterloo City Council meeting when officials with Bird Friendly Iowa presented Mayor Quentin Hart with the state's first Bird Friendly City designation.
Bird Friendly Iowa seeks to protect, restore and enhance bird habitat; reduce threats to birds; educate and engage people in birding and conservation. Earning the "Bird Friendly City" honor, is akin to the "Tree City USA" status that Waterloo also enjoys. Both programs have criteria that communities need to meet to qualify. See the many reasons, Waterloo is bird friendly...