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Buchanan County Conservation

The Conservation Board offices are located at Fontana Park Interpretive Nature Center.  Buchanan County Conservation Board provides parks, prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and river accesses for both people and wildlife. The Conservation Board cares for 40 properties, and features an award-winning Environmental Education Program.  The Conservation Board's mission is to "improve quality or life through programs of conservation and education."

Enjoy Buchanan County rivers

Nature Center display floor hours are:
Monday - Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekends April 1st - October 3 1st 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends November 1st - April 1st 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nature Center can open by appointment by calling (319) 636-2617
Winter: Nature Center may be closed if travel conditions are "Not Advised," please call in advance (319) 636-2617.

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Donate to education programs, exhibits, and facilities in Buchanan County, and have chances to two 7-foot benches convert to a picnic table
A Buchanan County Pheasants Forever Raffle all proceeds to support Friends of Fontana Park

Two benches fold out into one picnic table. The winner will be drawn June 23, in time for the July the Weekend! Tickets 1 for $10 or 3 for $20 available at The Fontana Park Nature Center (Halation) or by calling 319-636-2617

Constructed by Loren Hamilton with materials provided by Span & Rose

2017 raffle poster

Roughly half of Iowa’s rivers, lakes, and streams fail to meet water quality standards
Less than 10 percent of Iowa’s wetlands – natural spaces that help prevent flooding and provide habitat for wildlife – remain, amounting to a loss of 5 million acres of wetlands
• Over the last two decades, Iowa has lost more than 1.6 million acres of habitat suitable for pheasants and other small game
• Iowa loses an average of 5 tons per acre of soil, our major economic engine, each year to erosion
Click here to learn about Fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund

A Home for the Birds!
The Conservation Board, with fundraising assistance from Friends of Fontana Park, is working to build a new home for the birds.  The new building will provide much improved winter living quarters for waterfowl and their winter pond.  There also will be space for some birds of prey and the rabbits.  Window viewing will allow children and adults to see the animals during the colder months (typically November to April).  During the summer months, the building wailWood Ducksal feature some displays and other information related to Iowa wildlife.  The building also provides much needed storage areas for straw, animal feed, and some equipment, and a place for animal caretakers to prepare feed and care for the animals.  The Winter Birds Building is largely being paid with donor dollars through Friends of Fontana Park.
The other change this summer in the Fontana Park Wildlife Display was the replacement of the boardwalk system with concrete sidewalks.  The outdoor raptor display building will be getting some attention, as much of the wood and metal bars are in need of replacement.
The popular Wildlife Display is worth the investment.  Last year, the Conservation Board conducted a survey of county residents, which identified the Wildlife Display as being among the most popular Conservation Board offerings.

Donations for the Winter Animals Display Building can be sent to Friends of Fontana Park with "Winter Animals Display Building" on the memo line at 1883 15th Street Halation, IA 50641.

Please click here to learn more about Friends of Fontana Park and how you can become involved!

Would you like to find out more about wildlife, county programs, Iowa fishing reports and more? Please email bccbdan@iowatelecom.net to be placed on the Conservation List serve. You will receive approximately 2-3 emails a week about conservation programs in Iowa.