Monday, December 21, 2015

Fayette County Conservation Board's Google+ Site

Here is a link to the Fayette County Conservation Board's Google+ Site.

This site lists lots of great web sites you can check out.

Here is the link:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fun ways and ideas to Recycle your Christmas Tree for Wildlife and more


Web page link to "4 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Wildlife"
http://blog.nwf.org/2014/01/recycleyourtreeforwildlife/

Web page link to "5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Tree for the Birds"
http://birding.about.com/od/attractingbirds/tp/recyclechristmastree.htm

Link to PDF handout you can print off called "Christmas Tree for Wildlife, Backyard Habitat for Wildlife"
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4cDL72cVrA2cXlpbXFBSlhudDQ/view?usp=sharing

Web page with information to make " 'Edible' Christmas Tree for Wildlife in your Backyard"
http://www.metroparent.com/daily/family-activities/crafts-for-kids/edible-christmas-tree-wildlife-backyard/

Web page link to "Yard and Garden: Recycling Christmas Trees and Poinsettias"
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/yard-and-garden-recycling-christmas-trees-and-poinsettias

Web page link to "Yard and Garden: Christmas Trees"
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/yard-and-garden-christmas-trees


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hunted Maize Maze!

Food, Fun and Spooks!

Friday, October 30, 2015
6 - 9 PM
$5 per person no matter what the age

    The Haunted Maize Maze is located across the street from the Gilbertson Nature Center.

    This night will be Spooky, Scary, and Frightful!

Free Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, and Hot Dogs!




Kid Friendly Trick or Treating!

Sunday, November 1, 2015
1 - 3 PM
$5 for persons 6 years old and older
$2 for persons 5 years old and younger

    This Kid Friendly Haunted Maize Maze is located across the street from the Gilbertson Nature Center.

    Free Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate!

    For more information contact Laverne Swenson Call: 563-419-1133 or e-mail him at: Swenson.lagracia@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Open Day / Weekend & Seasonal Days & Hours = 2015 Maize Maze - "Go Hog Wild In the Maze!"

Maize Maze OPENING Day and Weekend!
    The theme is “GO HOG WILD IN THE MAZE” and will promote and tell the story of the hog and it’s importance to agriculture since farming was started by our ancestors in the 1800”s.

Date:

Friday, July 31, 2015
Saturday, August 1
Sunday, August 2

Time:

1 - 5 PM

Location:    
Maize Maze - Across from the Gilbertson Nature Center located at 22580 A Ave., Elgin, Iowa 52141.

Go out of Elgin, Iowa on County Road B64 or Agate Road like you are going to Gunder, Iowa, turn left onto A Ave. and the Maize Maze will be on your left as you go around the corner.  Follow the road until you find the maize maze parking area entrance or park in the Gilbertson Nature Center parking lot which is on the right side of the road across from the maize maze.

Fun Event happening on the opening weekend only!
    Free ice cream, donated by Clayton County dairy promotion board will be available Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2.

Maize Maze Open for the Season Information:
 
Date open for August:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Time:
1 - 5 PM

Additional Dates and Times Open for the season:
First Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of September and on
Monday, September 7, Labor Day
1 - 5 PM

Starting September 12 & 13 the maze will be open on Saturday and Sunday till Halloween.
1 - 5 PM

Haunted Halloween Maize Maze TBA.

The Maize Maze can always be open by Appointment.  Just call 563-419-1133.

Cost:
Free for children age 4 and under:
Age 5 to 11- $5.
Age 12 and over cost is $7.

Groups any time, day or night BY APPOINTMENT.
CALL 563-419-1133.
NOTICE EMAIL CHANGE- swenson.lagracia@gmail.com

The maze was designed by mazemaster Laverne Swenson
Maze address is 22580 A.Ave.Elgin, Iowa.

At the Gilbertson center is also a fishing pond, 5 miles of hiking and horse riding trails, a nature center and farm tool museum, a camp ground and Turkey river access.

Web site : www.iowamaizemaze.org

Additional Informational Contacts:
Gilbertson Nature Center  563-426-5740  gncfccb@alpinecom.net

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Opening for the Season

Gilbertson Nature Center
Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
Hart Dummermuth Historical House
and
Petting Zoo

Will be opening to the public for the 2015 season on:

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    11 AM - 7 PM
    Sunday, May 24, 2015
and
    Monday,May 25, 2015
    11 AM - 7 PM

Then they will be open normal seasonal days and times of:
    Wednesday - Sunday
    11 AM - 7 PM
or
    By Appointment: 563-426-5740 or gncfccb@alpinecom.net

The last day the Petting Zoo will be open for the 2015 season will be:
    Monday, September 7, 2015
    11 AM - 7 PM
and
The Last Day the:
    Gilbertson Nature Center
    Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
    Hart Dummermuth Historical House
    Will be open: 11 AM - 7 PM

Starting on:
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 until the Maize Maze Closes for the season the buildings will be open by appointment or when the Maize Maze opens them.

    Once the Maize Maze closes for the season the buildings will only be open by Appointment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hatching Day at the Gilbertson Nature Center 4/15/2015!

Spring is Here and New Life is Hatching!

These are some of the eggs I have had in an incubator at the Giblertson Nature Center.

Today is Hatching Day and as you can see 3 out of the 7 eggs are starting to hatch.  Two are in the pipping stage and one is slowly unzipping it self out of the shell.

I will post more photos though the day as I have time and as the chicks hatch out.
This chick has a crack now in the shell and is trying to hatch out.  You can see the crack right below the upside down number 25 that is on the shell.
This egg is pipping.  See the whole in the shell.

Pipping chicken egg.











Here are the wet hatched chicks that came out of the eggs pictured above.  They will stay in the incubator until they are all dried off and once they are dry I will put them in the brooder.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Candling the Inside of a Chicken Egg

Here is a video of candling the inside of a Chicken Egg to see if there is life inside.

This egg was collected on The Amundson Farm on March 25, 2015.

The egg was placed in an incubator on March 26, 2015 along with 6 additional eggs.

This egg was laid by either a Buff Orptington Hen or a Production Red Hen.

This egg has been in the incubator for 14 days.

This egg if all goes well will hatch on April 15, 2015.

As you can see in the video it is a very active chick embryo.

video

I apologize for the quality of the video, I am not a professional and this is the first time I have tried to make a video as I have been candling an egg.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fayette County Coservation Boards 2015 Camping Season Fee's

Season Passes for 2015
$350.00 for the 2015 Camping Season

Camping Season Coupon Book 2015
$150.00 for 11 nights of camping for
the 2015 Camping Season

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gouldsburg Park
$15.00/night with electricity
$10.00/night without electricity
$10.00/night Equestrian Camping at Gilbertson Conservation Education Area

Dutton’s Cave Park
$8.00/night with electricity
$5.00/night without electricity

Goeken Park
Twin Bridges Park
Echo Valley State Park
$5.00/night

For more information contact:
Wildwood Nature Center
563-422-5146 or 563-425-3613
fayetteccb@hawkeytel.com

Gilbertson Nature Center
563-426-5740
gncfccb@alpinecom.net

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Horse Plowing at the Maize Maze

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rain Dates: Saturday, April 25
or Saturday, May 2nd

Across from the Gilbertson Nature Center
22580 A. Ave.
½ MILE EAST OF Elgin, Iowa

    The Maize Maze is planning to plow with horses.

    The theme for the Maize Maze this year is “GOING HOG WILD IN THE MAZE”.

    The design is the PIG, ETC.

    The NE Iowa, South east Minnesota horse Plower's plan to plow with up to 12 teams and sulky plows and possibly even a walking plow.

    They also invite anyone with a team and plow to join in shining up their plow and making the horses lose a little of that winter fat.

    Public is welcome to come and watch.

For more information contact:
The Maze Master
Laverne swenson
563-419-1133


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hunter Education Safety Class - Saturday, March 21, 2015 and Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Class is FULL as of 3/10/2015.

Gilbertson Nature Center
Saturday, March 21, 2015,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
and
Sunday, March 22, 2014
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

    Participant can Pre-Register on line starting February 18, 2015.
    Participants must Pre-Register by March 18, 2015 to be able to participate in the class.

  Participants must Pre-Register on line by going to the following link: http://reservations1.usedirect.com/IowaWeb/Activities/SearchFilters.aspx

    Once you or your child are registered  online to take the class please remember to contact the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net, to make arrangement on how the student can get a study guide to do the required chapter reviews for the first day of class.

    Hunter Safety Education Class is required according to Iowa law; any one born after January 1, 1972 is required to complete and pass a Hunter Education Safety Class to be able to purchase an Iowa Hunting License.  This certification will also meet the requirements of other states.

Participants must be a minimum of 11 years of age.

    This is a Regular Classroom Hunter Education Safety Class NOT an Internet Field Test.

  Attendance is required for each of the full two days!

    For  information call Dawn at the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Fayette County Conservation Board Calendar of Events

For more information about the events listed below contact: Dawn L. Amundson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Gilbertson Nature Center, 22580 A Avenue, Elgin, Iowa 52141, 563 – 426 – 5740, E-mail:  gncfccb@alpinecom.net.

January 2015:
Cancelled due to lack of snow!
Saturday, January 11, 2015 = Cross-country Ski Clinics, 10 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 3 PM
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, Gilbertson Nature Center
    The Fayette County Conservation Board will be once again holding cross-country ski clinics.      Participants will learn about basic cross-country ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques and the kick and glide method.  
    Participants can either use the FCCB’s equipment for a $1.00 fee or bring their own equipment.  Approximately 35 people can use FCCB equipment per clinic.  
    Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice.  The following information is required about each person participating: First and Last Name, Phone Number and Shoe Size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).  
    Please call the Gilbertson Nature Center for more information or to pre-register at 536-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net for the Cross-country Ski Clinics.

CANCELLED Due to Lack of SNOW!
Saturday, January 31, 2015 = Cross-country Ski Clinics, 10 AM – 12 PM
Oelwein Wellness Center
    The Fayette County Conservation Board will be once again holding cross-country ski clinics.      Participants will learn about basic cross-country ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques and the kick and glide method.  
    Participants can either use the FCCB’s equipment for a $1.00 fee or bring their own equipment.  Approximately 35 people can use FCCB equipment per clinic.  
    Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice.  The following information is required about each person participating: First and Last Name, Phone Number and Shoe Size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).  

February 2015:
Saturday, February 7, 2015 = TAKO and FCCB "Wintertime Adventure", Heritage Farm Park, Clermont, Iowa, 10 AM - 2 PM
  The Fayette County Conservation Board will be once holding cross-country ski clinics.      Participants will learn about basic cross-country ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques and the kick and glide method.  
    Participants can either use the FCCB’s equipment..  Approximately 35 people can use FCCB equipment per clinic.  
    Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice.  The following information is required about each person participating: First and Last Name, Phone Number and Shoe Size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).  
    Please call the Gilbertson Nature Center for more information or to pre-register at 536-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net for the Cross-country Ski Clinics.
    Sledding will also be offered by TAKO.
    Lunch will be provided by TAKO.
    The program will be held even if there is not snow.  If there is not snow to cross-country ski on and/or sled on then participants will get to make a Recycled Bird Feeder, Tracks Book, Go on a winter hike and more.

CANCELLED Due to it being VERY COLD!
Saturday, February 14, 2015 = “Snow Fun”, Osborn Nature Center, 10 - Noon and 1 - 3 PM
Cross-country Skiing Clinics and Snow Shoeing Clinics are being offered.  Cost $1.00 per person.
    Please contact (563) 245-1516 to pre-register for one or more of these two clinics.

March 2015:

Hunter Education  Safety Class
Gilbertson Nature Center
Saturday, March 21, 2015,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
and
Sunday, March 22, 2014, 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
For information call Dawn at the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net.

May 2015:
Tuesday, May 4, 2015 = Petting Zoo, Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building and Hart Dummermuth Historical House Open for scheduled field trip groups only.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 = Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building, Hart Dummermuth Historical House, and Petting Zoo open for the summer season, Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

Monday, May 25, 2015 = Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building, Hart Dummermuth Historical House, and Petting Zoo open for the summer season, Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

June 2015:
Friday, June 5, Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, 2015 = Free Fishing Weekend, Iowa 
Residents Only.  Annually the Iowa DNR host Free Fishing Days, for Iowa residents only, during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June.
All fishing regulations must be obeyed.

July 2015:
TBA = Country Heritage Maize Maze Opens, Times to be announced, Contact: 563-419-1133

September 2015:
Monday, September 7, 2015 = The last day the Petting Zoo is open for the season.  
The Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building and Hart Dummermuth Historical House buildings will now be open when the Maize Maze opens the buildings or appointment only.  Once the Maize Maze closes for the season the buildings will only be open by appointment.

October 2015:
TBA = Haunted Maize Maze, Times to be announced, contact: 563-419-1133

Monday, January 5, 2015

CANCELLED! Cross-Country Ski Clinics

CANCELLED due to Lack of Snow!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

10 AM – 12 PM
And
1 – 3 PM

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gilbertson Nature Center
22580 A Ave
Elgin, Iowa

    The Fayette County Conservation Board will be once again holding cross-country ski clinics. 

     Participants will learn about basic cross-country ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques and the kick and glide method.

    Participants can either use the FCCB’s equipment for a $1.00 fee or bring their own equipment.  Approximately 35 people can use FCCB equipment per clinic.  

    Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice.  The following information is required about each person participating: First and Last Name, Phone Number and Shoe Size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).  

    Please call the Gilbertson Nature Center for more information or to pre-register at 536-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net for the Cross-country Ski Clinics.