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Dallas County Conservation Board
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For more information see the recent Dallas County Conservation Board Raccoon River Greenbelt Newsletter:
Winter Solstice Edition 2019/2020

Leopold Benches & Quotes
As a part of the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac" Eagle Scout Josh Nelson constructed a number of Leopold style benches. These will be available for sponsorship at the $40 level. Leopold quotes can be inscribe in the benches. A list of quotes can be found here, or you can supply your own quote conservation quote from Leopold. 

February 2020

Winter Star Gazing, Constellations, Patterns & Rhythms
Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Kuehn Conservation Area, Earlham
Preregistration is required for this free program.

Earlier in the winter, we invited you to look up, seek the beauty of the night skies, in the words of the Paiute, “Tu Omp I Av”. By scheduling this second opportunity to venture out under the stars with us, we hope to engage you in a search for patterns, rhythms, cycles in the sky. How has the view changed since we last looked up together? By connecting with these rhythms, and also connecting to the notion of “Tu Weep”, recognizing the beauty and rhythms here around us beneath our feet, we hope will enrich your place here in Dallas County. 

February 22, 2020, Social Hour 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. with Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Country Lane Lodge 29300 Prospect Circle, Adel
Tickets sales are now closed. 
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact Mike Wallace 

Templeton Rye Whiskey co-founder Keith Kerkhoff will headline the annual Raccoon River Valley Trail Association Banquet. Cocktails, exhibits and auction items will be available in the late afternoon, with a full banquet meal, featured speaker and fundraising auction to follow. The banquet is the biggest annual fundraiser for the RRVT Association, the non-profit organization that markets and promotes the 89-mile paved trail in west central Iowa.

Eagle Watch
Sunday, February 23, 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. 
@ Saylorville Reservoir

At one point the idea that we would offer a program of bald eagle viewing would have seemed absurd in the face of the species’ pending extinction. This event is a testament that conservation can and does work. Come view what is possible when we choose to care for the wilds. The open waters below the dam at the Saylorville Reservoir create feeding opportunities that congregate central Iowa’s winter eagles and almost guarantee you a chance to view an eagle. This program is a joint effort between DCCB, Polk County Conservation and the Corps of Engineers. It provides the public with the thrill of viewing eagles in the Des Moines River Valley and educational programming to increase your understanding of these majestic birds. Specific viewing locations and programming schedules can be obtained at the Saylorville Visitor Center on the day of the event.

March 2020

Spring Equinox– Sunset Celebration
Friday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Hanging Rock, Redfield
Preregistration is required for this free program.

Where did the sun rise this morning? The seemingly straight forward answer to this question is of course– East. Realize, this answer is correct only two days out of the year, and the Spring Equinox is one of this dates. Between the equinox, and the solstice date in June, the sun rise will have moved across the eastern horizon some 33 degrees to the north. Why is this question relevant? If you feel the need to slow down the pace of your life and connect the meter of your life not to a piece of machinery– but to the celestial waltz of the Earth and Sun, join us. DCCB has constructed an astronomical clock– built of stones, reconstructing one placed here by First Nation Peoples long before Redfield and Hanging Rock were names on the landscape. Join us for a history lesson of time, a new connection to your place and a celebration of spring’s arrival. 

Voas Stewardship Day
Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
@ Voas Nature Area, Minburn
Registration is required for this free program.

Have you ever asked yourself if there was a good way to help wildlife? Not just temporarily picking up trash but something that had a long lasting impact. DCCB  holds stewardship days throughout the year. One focus for the last few seasons has been clearing oak savanna habitat that has been overgrown at Voas Nature Area, and this stewardship day will expand this work clearing the understory at this site. We will be using handsaws and loppers to clear honeysuckle, dogwood, and small trees. Come help us liberate these smothered “wolf” oaks.

Pop Up Programs

Animal Feedings
Most Mondays, 10:00 a.m. 
Forest Park Museum

Free but call ahead to confirm
Join us for a chance to see our snake collection eat their tasty weekly meal and learn about the other Dallas County critters in our live collection. These underappreciated critters play important roles in our ecosystems and have some “superpowers” to share.


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