Field Trips

Field trips will be announced on this page, at our PRAS meetings, in the PRAS newsletter, The Red Tail, and by email. Check out the Sightings page after each field trip to read about our observations.

Christmas Bird Counts

Join us for a few hours or the full day, or count at your feeders (as long as your home is in our official count circle--just ask to confirm this), you decide! We appreciate the help and it is great fun to do these citizen science activities together!


Dec 14th: Bremer County

7:00 a.m.: Meet at Ally Catz Grubhouse (107 S. State St, Denver, IA); participants will decide the plan of action and counters will spread out to cover the count block.
12:00 p.m. noon: Birders out in the field near Sweet Marsh will gather at Panther Lanes (502 7th Ave SW, Tripoli, IA 50676) in Tripoli for lunch. 

Special events for Denver, Iowa: 
  • Dec 10th, 5:30 p.m.: Basic Bird ID - Christmas Bird Count Edition, will be presented by PRAS member, Candace Havely at the Denver Public Library (100 Washington St, Denver, IA)
  • On Dec 14th, if you are not such an "early bird", you may still pick up count forms from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Ally Catz Grubhouse 107 S. State St, Denver. Go out and count birds in your backyard/neighborhood.
  • On Dec 14th,11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Community Room @ the Denver Public Library (100 Washington St, Denver, IA): Pick up or turn in your count sheets and enjoy hot coffee or cocoa. PRAS members will be on hand and information about birds and birding will be available. 
PRAS is pleased to partner with the city of Denver, Iowa and their inspired citizens as they work towards becoming an Iowa Bird Friendly City!

Dec 18th: Hardin County 
Call Mark Proescholdt (641-496-5219) if you would like to participate. Meet at 8 a.m. at Pine Lake State Park's parking lot by the cabins. PRAS members (Tom Schilke, Francis Moore and others) usually participate. Join the fun and discover some Hardin County birding spots to visit. 

Dec 21st: Cedar Falls-Waterloo
7:00 a.m.: Meet at the Hy-Vee on University Ave in Cedar Falls and teams will disperse from there to count.
12:00 p.m. noon: Meet back at the same Hy-Vee at noon and then it will be determined which areas still need to be covered for the afternoon.
4:00 p.m.: Meet at the Cedar Falls Visitor's Center on Hudson Road in Cedar Falls for a potluck and to do the final compilations for the Bremer and Cedar Falls-Waterloo counts. Bring your own table service and something to share. All are welcome to the potluck, you needn't have counted birds to join us for the potluck.  

Dec 25th: Buchanan County

There is a link to contact the count coordinator on this page.

Check out other Iowa Christmas Bird Counts.