Kuehn Conservation Area

While the Iron Giant patiently waits out winter in the garage, I’ve explored local trails on snow shoes. A recent outing was somewhere new for me, Kuehn Conservation Area. It’s located north of Earlham and is a popular spot for school field trips. The park has prairie and forest along with a nature center and places to tent camp.

I snowshoed around the prairie trail and a segment of forest that leads down to the Raccoon River. It was super quiet and I had the park to myself. Perfect!

The underestimated fallen leaf: food for the forest floor.

The underestimated fallen leaf: food for the forest floor.

Kuhen is part of the Iowa’s Makoke Trail. This is a series of birding locations in Central Iowa. I didn’t spot too many birds other than Blue Jays, Juncos, and Chickadees. On the northeast side of the park there is a blind available for birding. I plan on checking that out on my next visit.

“Bird” or “Owl” in the language of the Ioway

“Bird” or “Owl” in the language of the Ioway

Branches of the mighty Oak. Did you know Oak trees support over 500 species of insects (bird food)!!??! That’s mighty for sure!

Branches of the mighty Oak. Did you know Oak trees support over 500 species of insects (bird food)!!??! That’s mighty for sure!

The snow was pretty deep so I took it slow…just like my bike riding!

The snow was pretty deep so I took it slow…just like my bike riding!

There were so many tracks in the snow. Some of them unfamiliar.

Weasel tracks?

Weasel tracks?

Thank goodness for my snowshoes. They’ve helped me to get outside this winter and have been a fun remedy for cabin fever.

Check out this post by Des Moines Outdoor Fun to see what Kuehn Conservation Area looks like in the snow-free months.