Codfish Hallow Prairie Walk

Hurstville Interpretive Center, Jackson County

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Come enjoy and learn about Iowa's Native Prairie. The Codfish Hallow Prairie Walk will introduce you to 60 acres of high quality tall grass prairie 20 acres of which are prairie remnant. Ray Hamilton will take you through the prairie and see what plants are blooming in May. Typically bird foot violets, rock sandwort, puccoon, thousands of shooting stars, are present, as well as a great number of erupting summer plants.

 This prairie is home to over 100 varieties of native prairie plants, native prairie butterflies, hazel thickets, orchids, one of the most northern native sites on the planet for purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), leonardus skipper butterfly which at the time of discovery had not been recorded in eastern Iowa since the 1800’s, seasonal nighthawk nesting, seasonal woodcock nesting, 5 lined skinks, occasional bobcat or piliated woodpecker visit.

Directions: From Highway 64 at the east edge of Maquoketa, turn north on highway 62 and go one mile to 35th st. (aka Codfish Hollow Rd).  Turn right and go 4 miles to the prairie which will be evident at the NW corner of Codfish Hollow Rd and 288th Ave.  You can also type in our neighbors to your phone: Codfish Hollow Barnstormers.Sponsors: Jackson County Conservation Board, Iowa Prairie Network, Iowa Native Plant Society, Hosts: Ray and Patti Hamilton, co-host Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. 

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Reservations are not required for this event.


Codfish Hallow Prairie Walk


Wednesday, May 13, 2020
6:30 PM


Ray Hamilton's Prairie
288th Ave
288th Ave
Maquoketa, IA 52060 (563) 652-3783
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