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MLK Day Field Trip - Monday, Jan 21, 2019

The annual MLK day field trip is still going to happen.  A number of people are planning on meeting us there.  The rest of us will meet at Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Cedar Falls and try to leave there at 8:00 to be able to reach Calkins by around 9:00.  

I visited Calkins a week ago.  The new addition and new exhibits are very impressive and house some of the finest museum quality Native American artifacts found anywhere,  plus natural history, fossils, and interpretation.

Things to do at Calkins:

Explore the extensive Native American collection of artifacts - mostly from the local area (hundreds of points, tools, etc.)
New Natural history dioramas - many hidden items
Try to locate all the native minnows in the large aquarium
Watch for birds at the feeders or in the trees from inside
Explore the live native animal outdoor exhibit
Tour the new reptile house
Watch for birds in the outdoor bird observatory
Hike the woodland, river edge, and prairie edge trails
Sit in the library and read
Explore the undisplayed collections - guided by staff

Lunch at Pizza Ranch in Ackley at 12:30 - we have the back room reserved

We will do some birding between Iowa Falls and Ackley on the way to lunch or afterwards.  Little or no walking.

We will check on the eagle nest in Ackley - ( a pair were building on it recently)

Home by 4:00  - or whenever you want

RSVP - if you plan to go, let me know if you haven’t already.  Kids with a parent or guardian are welcome.

Tom Schilke - 319-232-8199

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