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Dallas County Christmas Bird CountEagle in tree
Saturday, December 15
Join DCCB and Raccoon River Watershed Association for a day of birding with a purpose. Each year local bird clubs gather around the Christmas holiday to take a snapshot of what birds are in their area. This information is sent to the National Audubon Society which looks at the long-term health of bird populations over the last 100 years. Participants are divided into groups, each with an experienced birder in a different location in the county. We usually hike in the morning and drive the area in the afternoon. It does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced birder, the day is filled with beauty and opportunities for learning. 
Registration is required for this free program.
Night at the Museum
Friday, December 28, 6:30—8:30 p.m. @ Forest Park Museum
As 2018 comes to an end, join us for this special hands-on look back at history. The museum buildings will be open, the popcorn will be fresh, and there will be special activities for visitors of all ages. Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to visit the museums after dark!
Free, no registration required.
Subject to weather cancellation.

When it Snows We Ski!
Voas Nature Area 
Select weekends and school holidays throughout the winter, if there are 4 or more inches of snow on the ground and a naturalist is available, we will host a ski program. We have boots and skis for people with shoe sizes ranging from youth 12—1 on up to adult sizes 10.5. The specific dates and times will vary. You can call or email to put your name on a contact list for notification of dates, look for updates on our website and Facebook or contact us on a Friday before a weekend that looks likely. We hope to see you on skis!
Cost is $3.00 per person for ski rental. 

2019 Dallas County Conservation Board
Adult Wilderness Trek Notice
2019 wilderness trek Connie Saylor_Johnson

It is with heavy hearts that DCCB reports that Connie Saylor-Johnson, US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger, friend, mentor and agency contact-coordinator for our Wilderness Treks, went missing in the Big Rock Mountain area of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in early October. 

An extensive search and rescue effort was unsuccessful in locating Connie, and the efforts have now been redirected to recovery efforts. 

The loss of this wild friend shook the earth beneath our feet of all of us who have hiked the trails of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness with Connie over the past 25 years of treks.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony is being planned this summer at the Moose Creek Ranger Station, Connie’s op
erational base in the Wilderness , some 28 miles in the heart of the wilds by the US Forest Service, the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation and past Iowa trekkers.
My participation in this pilgrimage to honor Connie at Moose Creek will preclude my ability to lead DCCB’s annual Wilderness Trek this coming summer. The 2020 Adult Wilderness Trek will return to DCCB’s calendar in the coming year and I will once again look forward to inviting DCCB friends to join us in the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Chris Adkins, DCCB Naturalist / Environmental Education Coordinator





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