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Are you and your children on spring break this week? Are you all at the end of your rope and ready to get out of the house and enjoy some time outdoors? The Wapello County Conservation Board is offering three opportunities to do just that. Attend all one, two or all three events.

First we will visit Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve on Thursday, March 23. Here we will take advantage of the low water levels to search for migrating waterfowl, mussels, and all kinds of other fun treasures. We will meet at the parking lot at 1:00 PM. Wear your mud boots, binoculars (if you would like) and your sense of adventure as we wade into the wetlands in search of birds, tracks, bones and much more. There is no age limit and no registration is necessary.

Next we will visit Garrison Rock Wildlife Unit. Historic tales of how Garrison Rock got its name, early uses of the site, and unlawful activities that may have taken place will be told while we search for early spring flowers, migrating birds and other goodies we can find. We will meet in the parking lot off Cliffland Road at 9:00 AM. Wear shoes and clothes appropriate for on and off trail adventures.

Round out the week with the bluebird house trail day at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area. We will spend the morning building a few new bluebird houses for our trail. Then learn how to place, care for and monitor these nest boxes by replacing worn out houses with the new ones we just built. You can even learn how to become a bird nest monitor and how to adopt some of our 30 plus nest boxes at this site. Service groups and families will enjoy this no cost workshop. Meet at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 25.

There is no excuse to sit at home while so many wonderful happenings are taking place in the natural world. Get outside with the Wapello County Conservation Board.