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Night Out with Nightjars


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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
8:00pm to 10:00pm Add to Calendar

Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542


$10 per person

Join avid birder, Nic Salick, for an evening hike where we'll look for Nightjars in the prime of their mating season. These are nocturnal, owl-like birds that don't build nests and have some funky behaviors.

Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for a presentation and trail walk with local birder Nic Salick that focuses on the nocturnal birds known as nightjars.

We'll learn to identify two species of Nightjars, the Common Nighthawk and the Eastern Whip-poor-will, discuss their unique habits, and with some luck, be serenaded by their song after sunset. While we will try not to use flashlights or headlamps during the program, feel free to have one along to help you get back to the lodge when we conclude. Better yet, use a red light!

Please note: Part of this program will take place outdoors and involves pedestrian travel on uneven, dirt trails. Please plan accordingly and leave your pets at home.


Nic Salick headshot

Facilitator: Nic Salick has worked in the conservation field for over a decade, much of which has focused on better understanding birds and their habitats. His work in field ornithology has spanned from the grasslands of the Midwest and Great Plains to the deserts of the Southwest and the wetlands of the central flyway. Previously he worked as a private lands wildlife biologist in the Loess Hills and Missouri River region where he supported landowners and farmers to incorporate wildlife and improve their habitat offerings. Currently, Nic is a Development Officer for the Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. Even when not at work he has nature on the brain. He enjoys hiking the Loess Hills, birding, hunting behind his trusty dog Greta, and enjoying a book in his hammock.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that processing fees will not be refunded. Guests may cancel their reservation for a refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. Fees for programs canceled by Pottawattamie Conservation due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded, including the processing fee.

2023 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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