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Naturalist Stroll: Whitham Woods. Thursday, September 8th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join naturalist Therese Cummiskey for a late summer hike at Whitham Woods and learn some of the natural history of the local plants and animals. As the original site of the C.W. Whitham Nursery, the area has a great diversity of trees and other plants. There is no fee and no registration is necessary. Whitham Woods is located just west of Fairfield off Burlington Ave (Hwy 34).

Monarch Migration. Sunday, September 18th
5:00 p.m.
Join us for a fun evening of catching, tagging and releasing monarch butterflies as they begin their annual migration.  Monarch butterflies cannot survive our cold Iowa winters, instead they travel up to 3000 miles south to forests high in the mountains of Mexico. Monarchs will stop to nectar along the way which is to our advantage.  Not only do they help to pollinate our plants, but it also gives us the opportunity to see them. We will be assisting with monarch research by catching the butterflies, placing a small tag on their wing, recording their information and releasing them to continue on their long journey. These tags help researchers to learn about the migration of the monarch. Pre-registration is required for this free program. All ages are welcome but children under the age of 16 need to be supervised by an adult. The location of this event will be determined as the event approaches based on nectaring plants in bloom. Nets and tags will be provided but please wear long pants and tennis shoes.

Birding Basics. Saturday, Sept. 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ely Ford Picnic Area at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
Free. No registration required.
Local birding experts, Ray and Connie Morris, will teach participants the basics of how to bird and help identify birds during the “open house” style program. This is a Des Moines River Trail official event. For more information call (641)-472-4421 or email Brittney Tiller at DMRiverWaterTrail@gmail.com.


Pond Management. Tuesday, October 4th
7:00 p.m.
Is that algae on my pond or duck weed? Is it harmful to the pond? What’s the difference between green algae and blue-green algae? Should I get grass carp to control the weeds? Do I need to control the weeds or can I leave it as is? Should I worry about snapping turtles and muskrat if I want a good fish population? Chad Dolan, DNR fisheries biologist from Lake Darling, will answer these questions and more. Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center. No fee or registration required.

Freedom Float. Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Austin Park to Keosauqua Boat Ramp
Pre-registration is required
During the Civil War thousands of slaves rode the Underground Railroad to freedom. The Underground Railroad was not a railroad at all but was a network of safe houses, barns, root cellars, and similar places where people who had escaped from slavery were hidden during their flight to safety. Most of us associate this path to liberty with Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. The “railroad” however had some of its important routes right here in the Iowa. Join us for this paddle and uncover the legends and stories of the Underground Railroad in Southeast Iowa. Led by naturalist Brittney Tiller. Registration is required for this event and is limited to twenty boats. Canoes are free by way of funding from the Iowa DNR. Solo kayaks may be rented through ‘Paddle, Pedal and More’ with a rental fee of $20. The paddle is open to everyone but children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register call (641)-472-4421 or email Brittney Tiller at DMRiverWaterTrail@gmail.com.

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

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Nature Talk... by Therese Cummiskey

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 08-25-16


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