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Conservation

  1. Hike-A-Park at Hickory Bend (Meet at Starr's Cave Nature Center)

    March 9, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Hickory Bend

    On Tuesday, March 9th from 3:00pm-4:00pm, Naturalist Marcus Nack will be leading a hike at Hickory Bend. This hike may be 1-4 miles depending on trail conditions, weather, and participant abilities. This is a free program. Face Masks are required when within 6ft of others. For more information check out the Starr's Cave Nature Center Facebook page or call Starr's Cave Nature Center at 319-753-5808. Participants will meet at Starr's Cave Nature Center and caravan out to Hickory Bend's South parking lot.

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  2. Spring Tracking at Starr's Cave Nature Center

    March 20, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Starr's Cave Park Shelter House

    March 20th is the first official day of spring. What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than to look for animal tracks? Animals are leaving clues and evidence of what they are doing, and together we will try and make sense of it. This program is led by Naturalist Marcus at Starr's Cave Nature Center. Visitors are welcome to leave as they please, and are encouraged to wear masks if they are within 6 feet of others. RSVP by calling Starr's Cave Nature Center at (319) 753-5808.

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  3. Hike-A-Park at Leopold Recreation Area

    March 23, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Leopold Recreation Area

    On Tuesday, March 23rd from 3:00pm-4:00pm, Naturalist Marcus Nack will be leading a hike at Leopold Recreation Area. This hike may be 1-4 miles depending on trail conditions, weather, and participant abilities. This is a free program. Face Masks are required when within 6ft of others. For more information check out the Starr's Cave Nature Center Facebook page or call Starr's Cave Nature Center at 319-753-5808. DIRECTIONS Turn west off Highway 99 on to Pond Avenue across from the CNH plant. Follow that road (it becomes Mill Dam Road) 1.7 miles. Parking area will be on the right.

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  4. Hunter Education Classroom Course

    March 27, 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Starr's Cave Nature Center

    Hunter Education Classroom Course presented by Des Moines County Conservation. Online registration is required through the DNR's Hunter Education registration system at https://license.gooutdoorsiowa.com/Event/Events.aspx Please note: This is an in-person classroom course. This is NOT a field day for those who took the class online. Due to the pandemic, only one-day classes are being scheduled at this time. This in-person class will meet all day (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) on Saturday, March 27. In order to maintain requisite distancing, class size is very limited. Masks are required. Lunch will be provided by the Aldo Leopold Pheasants Forever Chapter.

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  5. Virtual Frog and Toad Survey Workshop

    March 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ This is a virtual event hosted by the Iowa DNR. The link to register is: https://programs.iowadnr.gov/vwmp/Home/Registration

    This workshop will train new volunteers interested in getting involved with Iowa's Frog and Toad Call Survey. Participants will learn how to identify frogs and toads by sound and how to perform and get involved in the survey. -To participate register as a "household", i.e. fill out and pay for one registration even if multiple people in your home are participating. Every year starting in late March to early April, the chorus begins. The Western chorus frog is usually the first to find its voice with its ascending, constantly repeating crrreeek and it is quickly, if not simultaneously joined by the soprano chirp of spring peepers or the rumbling, snoring leopard frog bass. The singers are all males, and they are trying to attract a female for mating. The chorus can be deafening, but for those of us listening it is a welcome and sure sign of spring. And every year, since 1991, at wetlands across the state, dedicated volunteers have been there, listening and collecting data.

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  6. (Almost) Full Moon Hike

    March 27, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Starr's Cave Park Shelter House

    Let's hike together under a full moon! Join Starr's Cave Nature Center staff for a moonlit hike through Starr's Cave Park and Preserve. Plan for a 3 mile hike. Please dress appropriately, as these activities will take place outside. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 319-753-5808 to reserve your spot!

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  7. Virtual Frog and Toad Survey Workshop

    March 29, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ This is a virtual event hosted by the Iowa DNR. The link to register is: https://programs.iowadnr.gov/vwmp/Home/Registration

    This workshop will train new volunteers interested in getting involved with Iowa's Frog and Toad Call Survey. Participants will learn how to identify frogs and toads by sound and how to perform and get involved in the survey. -To participate register as a "household", i.e. fill out and pay for one registration even if multiple people in your home are participating. Every year starting in late March to early April, the chorus begins. The Western chorus frog is usually the first to find its voice with its ascending, constantly repeating crrreeek and it is quickly, if not simultaneously joined by the soprano chirp of spring peepers or the rumbling, snoring leopard frog bass. The singers are all males, and they are trying to attract a female for mating. The chorus can be deafening, but for those of us listening it is a welcome and sure sign of spring. And every year, since 1991, at wetlands across the state, dedicated volunteers have been there, listening and collecting data.

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  8. Fireside Stories

    March 30, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Starr's Cave Park Shelter House

    Des Moines County Conservation is hosting a night of fireside stories. Come prepared to share your best campfire story and enjoy a s'more at Starr's Cave Nature Center. This program costs $3, and space is limited. When in attendance we will promote social distancing, and the use of facemasks when within 6 feet of others. Visitors are free to leave at any time and should dress to be outside. Call to reserve your spot around the fire ring at (319) 753-5808.

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