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  Dubuque Audubon Society
P.O. Box 3174
Dubuque, IA 52004-3174



DAS Arboretum Potluck

April 5, 2019
Woodcock Walk and Owl Prowl
Whitewater Canyon | 5 miles NE of Cascade on Curoe Rd | Bernard, IA
7:30 - 9:00 PM

The woodcock mating ritual is truly a remarkable sight. This small, camouflage, timber nesting bird has a few strange attributes and will amaze hikers with its aerial acrobat moves! Following the woodcock walk, we'll call the owls. Dress for the weather and be prepared to hike 1 mile. Whitewater Canyon is located 5 miles NE of Cascade on Curoe Rd, Bernard. Meet at the parking lot at the end of access road.

April 11, 2019
Dubuque Audubon Program
E.B. Lyons Nature Center | 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd | Dubuque, IA
5:00 PM | Dubuque Audubon Society Board Meeting
6:00 PM | Program: Barn Owls in Dubuque County

Brian Preston will present a program on Barn Owls in Dubuque County.

April 13, 2019
Trash Clean Up
Heritage Trail | Dubuque, IA
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Celebrate Earth Day which falls on April 22 and lend a hand to help clean up the Heritage Trail. We will meet at the Heritage Pond parking lot and split into groups to cover different areas of the trail. Trash bags, grabbers, and gloves will be provided. Come on your own or get a group together and help us keep Heritage Trail clean and beautiful for both users and wildlife. Call 563.556.6745 to let us know you'll be there.

April 20, 2019
Spring Wildflower Walk
Maquoketa Caves State Park | 9688 Caves Rd. | Maquoketa, IA
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Spring has sprung and the woodlands are blooming with spring flowers. Join Naturalist, Tony Vorwald for an enjoyable hike at the park and learn to identify spring woodland wildflowers.

April 28, 2019
Discover your Park: New Wine Park
New Wine Park | 15971 New Wine Lane | New Vienna, IA
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Join other oudoor enthusiasts and explore Dubuque County Conservation parks and nature preserves. The hike may vary from good exercise to a social stroll and will end with snacks and beverages (bring your own). All participants should bring a water bottle and dress for the weather.

May 9, 2019
Dubuque Audubon Program
E.B. Lyons Nature Center | 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd | Dubuque, IA
5:00 PM | Dubuque Audubon Society Board Meeting
6:00 PM | Program: Tick Population

Kelly Grussendorf, Asst Professor at UD, has worked with students to study Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in eastern Iowa. They work to determine the frequency at varioius sites, manyh of which are highly visited for recreational actvivites. Having determined the prescence of many of these disease-causing agents, they also work to understand the variation in population levels and ecological factors that may contribute to this..

May 11, 2019
Spring Species Count
Eagle Point Park or Julien Dubuque Monument | Dubuque, IA
8:00 AM
5:00 PM | Meet at the Swiss Valley Park Sycamore Pavillion

Join groups at either Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Ave or Julien Dubuque Monument. For Eagle Point Park, meet near the tennis courts at the North Entrance to the park. This event is great for beginning bird watchers. Experienced bird watchers will help with locating and identifying resident and migrating birds. Bring binoculars/ bird book, if you have the, and dress for the weather. Join us for all or part of the the day.

At 5 pm Meet at the Swiss Vally Park Sycamore Pavillion. Look for the signs for the Pavilion to tabulate the results and share experiences. Audubon will provide the brauts and hot dogs. Bring your own table service, beverage, and a dish to pass. In case of bad weather, we will move to the Swiss Valley Nature Center.

May 16, 2019
Codfish Hollow Hill Prairie Walk
Doc Halmilton's Prairie | 288th Ave| Maquoketa, IA
6:00 PM

Enjoy a guided hike through Ray Hamilton's reconstructed and remnant prairie. Ray will share his knowledge of pairie plants and native pollinators. Learn to identify many native prairie flowers, especially early blooming native species. This area has been managed as a local biological preserve for 34 years and is home to five-linked skinks, one of the world's northern most population of original native purple coneflowers, paririe butterflies, seasonal nighthawk nesting, and seasonal woodcock nesting and lots more.

May 17, 2019
Colorful Costa Rica
Swiss Valley Nature Center | 13606 Swiss Valley Rd | Dubuque, IA
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Comparing Bioldiversity and Climate Change effects in three different forests with Tom Davis, Professor of Biology, Loras College. We will take walks via photos to examine the flora and fauna of a tropical rain forest, a tropical dry forest an a cloud forest in Costa Rica. We will discuss reasons for differences in biodiversity in each forest and also discuss the effects of climate change on these natural communities in 2019

June 8, 2019
Bobolink and Grasshooper Sparrow Viewing
E.B. Lyons Nature Center | 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd | Dubuque, IA
8:00 AM

We will carpool for a trip to the newly acquired Valetine property to view Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrows, led by Brian Preston.

June 13, 2019
Butterfly Count

Mark your calendars for this event. More information to come in June.