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Naturalist Niche

Posted September 06, 2012 in Community Blogs

Hello, everyone. We are coming into the home stretch in getting our parks and facilities painted and cleaned for next weekend’s IACCB Fall Conference that we are fortunate enough to host with the other nine counties here in southeastern Iowa. The hosting base is at Honey Creek State Park, but being that this is about the county parks in Iowa and they are staying in Appanoose County, we want to show the rest of Iowa, what we have to offer to all citizens and visitors to Iowa. Plus we want share what we have been able to do within our county and community to the betterment of all creatures here that call Appanoose County home.

Speaking of creatures out and about, here at Sharon Bluffs State Park our hummingbirds and bees have been very active over the last few weeks. Our honeybee are really enjoying the Autumn Sedums and the other varieties of sedum that are really starting to show their beautiful clusters of fuchsia, lavender, and pink flowers; that have been planted around Center 2000 and the naturalist house that I get to call home. The hummingbirds have been a joy to watch as well all summer, feeding from our many hummingbird feeders; which between the bees and themselves we are filling once if not twice a day. Which in turn means we are cooking that simple sugar water at least once a day, but it is worth it to see visitors experiences hummingbirds drinking not two to three feet from where they are standing to watch.

 So updates on our programs: Nature Olympics that was scheduled for this Saturday the 8th of September at Sharon Bluffs State Park has been rescheduled for September 22nd.  Participants are going to be competing in different relay events, water games, and getting dirty. It will still begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish at noon. This is an event that we need participants to pre-register, so we know how many different events we will be able to do and have the medals ready to be awarded.  Call the Appanoose County Conservation Board office at (641)856-8528 or my cell-phone at (641)895-7499. Please leave a message with your name, participants name and age, and your number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please wear clothes that can get dirty or wet. Fliers are also going to be up around the community with the changed date.

Saturday Night Movie at the Bluffs on Saturday the 8th of September is still on our calendar and hopefully yours, beginning at sunset in the camp-ground at Sharon Bluffs State Park. We will be watching,A Bugs Life. So bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the movie out under the stars and canopy of the forest. And above all we can’t have a movie without popcorn and who knows maybe even some s’mores too.

Center 2000 is still open on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. So always feel free to stop in and see the animals. Our bulk elk has really started to bugle, now that his velvet is off of his antlers. Come on out and enjoy that sound, that means fall for us here at Appanoose County Conservation Board.

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