wapello county conservation board

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Celebrate Earth Day with a birding 101 hike in part of the newly dedicated Bird Conservation Area. The program will take place at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, and we will have two very knowledgeable hike leaders. Therese Cummiskey is the Jefferson County Conservation Board naturalist, and has much birding experience and bird knowledge to share. Diane Porter is an ornithologist, author, and creator/owner of birdwatching dot com. These two will lead us on a hike through prairie, forest and savanna helping us to identify our avian friends by sight and sound. We might see some early migrants among the wide variety of common local species. This hike is appropriate for all ages, and it is a great way to begin your Earth Day weekend. The hike will begin at 8:00 AM. Dress for the weather and trail conditions, and bring your binoculars if you have them. Diane can also give you advice on the best tools of the trade (binoculars, spotting scopes, identification guides)  if you are looking to become a more serious birder. No registration is necessary. Just come out to the nature center to enjoy a morning of birding. Plus we may even get to see some early spring woodland flowers along the way.