Wildlife paddling trip planned
Spend a day on the Des Moines River learning about the creatures that live there from wildlife biologist Jim Pease.
The paddle will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 beginning at the Keosauqua boat ramp and ending at the Bentonsport boat ramp.
The event is free, but preregistration is required, and participation is limited to 20 boats.
Pease, a Burlington native who has paddled southeast Iowa rivers since the age of 12, is now a wildlife and interpretive specialist who will provide an entertaining and educational experience on the leisurely 9-mile paddle. From birds and mammals to trees and shrubs, Pease knows them, and knows how to help everyone understand their relationship with the watershed.
Pease brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a teacher, interpreter, writer, consultant, director of the Master Conservationist program, developer of Iowa’s new Master River Stewards program and a regular guest on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” program.
A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available at no charge for participants who don’t have their own.
The paddle is open to everyone but children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration and additional information are available at www.desmoinesriverWT.com or by calling 472-6177. A packet of detailed information about the trip, including a map and shuttling instructions is available for download on the website.
Pease also will give a presentation titled “Wet and Wild: Critters on Iowa Rivers” at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Stone House in Bentonsport. The program is free and suitable for all ages.
The Lower Des Moines River Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa. The paddling trip is cosponsored by Pathfinders RC&D and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.