Hamilton County Conservation Activities

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There is no cost for these events. To register or to obtain more information, please contact the Hamilton County Conservation Board office at 515-832-9570 or email hccblaird@wmtel.net
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Hamilton County Conservation Board 2014 Public Naturalist Programs


Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Clinic

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014

Location: Conservation Office, Brigg’s Woods Park, Webster City, IA

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Clinic

           4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Potluck

This xc ski and snowshoe clinic is for people who love to trek through snow. There are a limited number of skis and snowshoes. There is a very limited number of small xc ski boots. Parents should assist their children in the clinic. The xc ski clinic is geared towards adults and teenagers. Children are welcome to try snow shoeing with their parents. The clinic will break into two groups. John Laird, Naturalist, will lead the snowshoe clinic. Volunteers, Sonna and Pete Neumeister, Barb Law, Judy Hartnett, Trudy Anderson, Wayne Fulberge, and Kathy Theobald will be leading the cross country ski clinic. There will be a potluck following the clinic, so please bring something to contribute to the clinic if you plan to stay for the potluck. Free will donations will be taken for the purchase of additional xc ski equipment and snowshoes. To reserve your spot call the office at 515-832-9570 or email John Laird at hccblaird@wmtel.net along with your name we will need your height, shoe size, and phone number. Feel free to bring your own xc skis or snowshoes.


Introduction to Ice Fishing Clinic

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Location: Lakeview Log Cabin at Little Wall Lake Park, Jewell, IA

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us for this introduction to ice fishing clinic at the new Lakeview Log Cabin. All ages of people are welcome to come and ice fish. Participants will be able to view the new log cabin inside as they warm up from the cold. A limited number of ice fishing poles are available so reserve your spot soon. Call the office at 515-832-9570 or email Naturalist, John Laird at hccblaird@wmtel.net. Feel free to bring your own ice fishing equipment to participate.


Trumpeter Swan Presentation and Observation

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014

Location: Conservation Office, Brigg’s Woods Park, Webster City, IA for presentation.

                  Beemer’s Pond for Trumpeter Swan observation.

Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Presentation

           2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Observation

Come and discover the successful story of the reintroduction of the Trumpeter Swan.  Beemer’s Pond has become Iowa’s largest over wintering site for the Trumpeter Swan. Partnerships between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Hamilton County Conservation Board and local volunteers have made this species reintroduction a success story. Observation will be at Beemer’s Pond which is located west of the Webster City Airport. The pond is at the junction of R-21 and 240th St. located on the south side of new highway 20.  Bring your warm clothes and camera for picture taking. Donations are welcome to help pay for corn to feed the Trumpeter Swans.





Deer Antler Shed Hike

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Location: Conservation Office, Briggs Woods Park, Webster City, IA

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Enjoy a talk at the office and then hike with our county naturalist while you search for white tail deer antler sheds, tree rubbings, deer beds, and deer tracks in Briggs Woods Park. Dress appropriately for outdoor hiking and weather conditions. The talk and hike will last about 1.5 to 2 hours and is for all ages.


Snakes of Iowa

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Location: Conservation Office, Briggs Woods Park, Webster City, IA

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Have you wondered what Iowa’s native snakes are? How do you safely pick up and move a snake? What native Iowa snakes are venomous? What are the benefits of having snakes around? See a live snake handling demonstration. Why is it unwise to release a nonnative pet snake? If this sounds interesting join our county naturalist for this fun and informative presentation.


Bike Ride and Boone River Geology Tour

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Location: Briggs Woods Park, Beach Amphitheater, Webster City, IA

Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Ride with us the 5.5 miles from Briggs Woods Park to Webster City as a group. We will be stopping at geological sites along the way and then discuss them. The return back to Briggs Woods Park will be at your own pace. Parents must accompany children. Bring your bike, helmet, and, water, and join the geology bike tour. Free geological handouts on this area of the Boone River will be available from the county naturalist.


Night Eyes / Night Hike

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Location: Beach Amphitheater at Brigg’s Woods Park, Webster City, IA

Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

 What is different about animal’s eyes to see better at night? Join our county naturalist at the amphitheater for a short presentation and a night hike following. We will hike the trails of Briggs Woods Park and look owls, bats, deer, raccoons, and other nocturnal animals. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night and feel free to bring a flashlight. Red covers will be available for your flashlight. This program is for all ages that enjoy a long hike at night. A limited number of flashlights will be available.  





Settlers Day Celebration / Fundraiser Meal

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014

Location: Bells Mill Park

Time: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Come and celebrate the settling of Hamilton County by visiting various presenters, touring a log cabin, school house, and the Bells Mill gristmill site. The Boone River is popular today for recreation but area settlers used its power for grinding grain.

Celebration Schedule:

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Pioneer Celebration and self-guided tour of historic buildings.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Pioneer Games and Activities

(Potato sack races, apple bob, sling shot shoot, pastor plunge, red rover, and marbles)

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Hayrides to Neese Cemetery to view pioneer cemetery.

4:00 pm Guided tour of school house, log cabin, and gristmill site.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Bell’s Mill Park Fundraiser Meal at the picnic shelter.


BooneRiverClean Up

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rain Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Time: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Briggs Woods Park at Shelter one

What to bring: Sunscreen, water, bug spray, shovel, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and canoes. We will be meeting at Shelter number one located at Briggs Woods Park for registration. Park your vehicle in the canoe access parking lot located next to the campgrounds. We will shuttle in a bus from Brigg’s Woods Park to Riverside Park in Webster City. We will be cleaning up the 4.6 miles of river from Riverside Park to Briggs Woods Park. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. A limited number of canoes are available on a first come first serve basis. If you bring your own canoe you need to drop it off at Riverside Park before you arrive at Briggs Woods Park for registration. Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Parents must sign a waiver and medical information form for all youth under 18. All volunteers must abide by IA DNR boating laws. No alcohol consumption is allowed. We hope to be on the river by around 8:00 am.


The World of the Monarch Butterfly and Butterfly Hike

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 pm Presentation / 5:00 to 6:00 pm Butterfly Hike

Location: Conservation Office at Briggs Woods Park and Bauer’s Slough

Come and see the life of a Monarch Butterfly presentation and go on a butterfly hike afterwards with our Hamilton County Naturalist. We will meet at the Conservation Office for a presentation and then drive out to Bauer’s Slough Wildlife Area for a butterfly hike. We will car caravan to one of the parking lots and walk the mowed trails. We will try to catch some butterflies, identify the species, observe them, and then release them. We have a limited number of butterfly nets and identification guides to share on the hike. People are welcome to bring there own net and butterfly field guides.



Autumn Night Hike / Iowa’s Nocturnal Animals

Date: Saturday, October18, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm meal / 7:00 - 8:00 pm night hike

Location: Briggs Woods Park, Shelter 2, Webster City, IA

Sponsor: Boman’s Funeral Home of Webster City will provide a light meal at 6:00 pm.

What nocturnal animals roam around at night in Briggs Woods Park? Come and explore some of the wildlife that is active at night. There will be stations on coyotes, raccoons, owls, opossums, and bobcats. Park at the beach parking and follow the luminaries to shelter two. The hike will start about every 10 minutes so reserve your spot by preregistering by contacting John Laird at hccblaird@wmtel.net or call us at the office at 515-832-9570. There is a limit of 30 per people per group and limited presentations so sign remember to preregister.  Check in with the program coordinator at shelter two upon arrival to see what time your group will start. The night hike will last about one hour so dress appropriately for the weather. The presenters will be volunteers and Hamilton County Conservation staff. This program is for all ages to attend. Donations taken will support the Naturalist program for Hamilton County. Please reserve your spot so we can plan for the meal sponsored by Boman’s Funeral Home of Webster City.


Owls of Iowa & Owl Prowl Night Hike

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Presentation / 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Owl Prowl Night Hike

Location: Conservation Office at Briggs Woods Park, Webster City, IA

Join us for a presentation on the Owls of Iowa and an Owl Prowl Night Hike following. Come and learn about Iowa’s different owl species and their importance to our environment. We will discuss their night time adaptations and attempt to call owls by learning how to perform owl calls. This program is for all ages of people who enjoy owls and hiking at night. Feel free to bring a flashlight as red covers will be provided. There are also a limited number of red covered flashlights provided to use. If you have any questions feel free to contact John Laird our county naturalist at hccblaird@wmtel.net or call our office at 515-832-9570.


Wildlife For Sale

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Conservation Office at Briggs Woods Park, Webster City, IA

Have you ever thought of purchasing some illegal exotic wildlife or wildlife products? Why this unethical practice is so dangerous to animals and humans? Come and learn about the illegal poaching and black market trade of wildlife world wide which includes Iowa. There will be lots of exotic specimens to look at that have been confiscated by conservation officials. Join John Laird / Hamilton County Conservation Naturalist and Jason Gilmore / Hamilton County Conservation Officer in this fascinating presentation on the poaching and sale of illegal wildlife. If you have questions feel free to contact us at the office 515-832-9570 or email John Laird at hccblaird@wmtel.net.

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