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Fall  Equinox Observation  

 Hanging Rock Conservation Area—Redfield

Friday, September  22

6:30 a.m. to sunrise

Join us, at 6:30 a.m., to observe the Equinox sunrise  on the astronomical clock at Hanging Rock.  Learn about the clock, its history and pause to consider the celestial waltz of the seasons as we celebrate this wild day.

Swan Soiree

  • Date: 01/28/2017
  • Location: Dale Maffitt Reservoir - Walnut Woods State Park
    Cummings, Iowa
  • Introduction: Come celebrate the return of this beautiful and majestic bird to Iowa’s landscape. Time - TBD

The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species at Walnut Woods State Park on Saturday, Jan. 28th 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Programs will be given both indoors and outdoors at the Walnut Woods State Park lodge with concurrent outdoor viewing and interpretive presentations of trumpeter swans and bald eagles given by Iowa DNR, Polk and Dallas County Conservation naturalists. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided. An estimated 220 Trumpeter swans are wintering at the Dale Maffitt Reservoir and surrounding area southwest of Des Moines, providing a rare opportunity to view good numbers of free flying trumpeter swans.

Hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies, grilled hotdogs and other snacks will be provided free of charge. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going towards Iowa Trumpeter swan restoration.

Visit our website and click on Swan Soiree on January 28 to see the full schedule of events. http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/calendar/

 For more information or to register for any of our programs, contact:

Dallas County Conservation Board

14581 K Avenue

Perry, IA 50220

Office Hours: M-F 8am - 4:30pm

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