Ornithology 101


In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 we have updated our program format for this event. Our September 12th program will be held in person at Hitchcock Nature Center if conditions permit. Please watch for updates as they become available.

For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020
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Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542

14 and up

$15.00 Per Person

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Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, September 12th at 9:00 a.m. for the next session of a new 2020 programming series, "A Land Ethic Workshop". Join instructor Ron Cisar as we celebrate the life & legacy of famous naturalist & philosopher Aldo Leopold.

The session will begin with a discussion of Leopold’s essay The Choral Copse followed by a look at the natural events of September through “Mother Nature’s Calendar”.  After a refresher course in Ornithology 101, volunteers from Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery will give a program on raptors.  They will bring three live birds of prey that are unable to be released into the wild and are now exclusively used for educational purposes. Come learn about the biology of these remarkable avian species, their importance to a balanced ecosystem, and some of the concerns for their survival.  If one is available, the volunteers will release a rehabilitated raptor that is ready to return to the wild. 

Participants will also take to the Hitchcock trails for a short hike to explore the signs of the season before ending the day with a song.

This program is intended for participants age 14 & over with an interest in the natural world, no experience or prior knowledge is required to participate. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. Cost for this program is $15.00 per person & online pre-registration is required. *Participants do not need to attend every session to enjoy this programming series.

About "A Land Ethic Workshop"

"A Land Ethic Workshop" will focus on the work & life of naturalist & Iowa native Aldo Leopold. Each month participants will explore a new work by Leopold coupled with hands on activities such as hikes, aquatic studies, guest lectures, sketching, journaling and more.

Programs are from 9:00 a.m. to noon, occur monthly March through December, & are held at Hitchcock Nature Center. Participants may register for individual sessions or opt to attend all 2020 sessions. Participants do not need to attend every program session. Individual sessions are $15.00 per person.

Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center & will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Portions of each session will occur outdoors, students should come prepared for the weather & the elements.

Meet at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center.

This event is not pet friendly, service animals are always welcome.

Cancellation Policy

Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week *7 days) prior to the first day of the event by calling 712-545-3283 & speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 7 days in advance of the event will not be refunded. Program fees for events cancelled by Pottawattamie Conservation for any reason will be refunded.

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2020 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board 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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