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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.


Fall Trail Drive Thru. Sunday, October 9th, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The conservation board will host their annual “Trail Drive Thru” on Sunday, October 9th. We hope people come out to enjoy this rare opportunity to drive a section of our trail system. Two sections of the trail will be open to vehicles from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be two routes to choose from. Route 1: Enter Cedar View Trail off 32nd street and exit at 223rd street one and a half miles later. It will take you over Cedar Creek on one of the largest trail bridges in the county. Route 2: Enter Cedar View Trail off 32nd street and then drive down onto the Loop Trail and head north to Whitham Woods where you'll exit onto Burlington Ave.

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 09-23-16


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