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Forest Moon Walk June 30, 2018 - Snakes on the Plains: Conserving Prairie Stream Habitats

Contact(s): Angela Thomas, (605) 342-4040

Spearfish, SD – Join the US Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to learn about reptiles and amphibians of western South Dakota and the habitats they depend on. 

Dr. Brian Smith, a herpetologist from Black Hills State University, will present on local species of “herps” (the study of amphibians & reptiles) and discuss ways that we can protect their habitat and things to look for when trying to spot them in nature. The Nature Conservancy’s Western South Dakota Conservation Manager, Corissa Busse, will discuss the importance of conservation within the riparian areas of grassland and forest ecosystems.

Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk approximately 1 mile roundtrip over uneven terrain to a unique riverine ecosystem.

To reach the Moon Walk, travel west from Spearfish on I-90 and take exit 2.  At the off-ramp turn right (north) to Highway 14 and turn right (east) at the “T”.  Travel 0.2 miles and turn left (north) onto McNenny Road. Follow McNenny Road 1.4 miles to Coxes Lake Road and watch for parking area signs. 

The drive from Spearfish, SD will take approximately 30 minutes. Signs will be placed at major intersections to guide visitors to the site. Participants should arrive early to facilitate parking.

Visitors should bring flashlights, water, and bug repellant and dress for unexpected weather and hiking on uneven terrain. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes to spot birds and wildlife along the hike.

As this hike is in ‘snake country’, it is important that hikers’ attention is focused on the surroundings, children and dogs need to be kept in control, long pants and sturdy footwear (hiking boots) are recommended for your comfort and safety.

The program may be canceled unexpectedly for unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be canceled due to rain unless lightning is spotted.

Starting this year, the Black Hills National Forest, in partnership with Black Hills Parks & Forests Association will be selling ‘Black Hills Moon Walk’ collector pins. 

This year’s pin, 1.125-inches in diameter, features a Great Horned Owl hunting in the forest.  A different designed pin is anticipated each year. 

You can purchase the inaugural “2018 Black Hills Moon Walk” pin, for $5.00 (cash only), at a Moon Walk program. 

Your purchase of this pin will directly support the Moon Walk and other educational programs.

For more information about the June 2018 Moon Walk, contact Angela Thomas at (605) 342-4040 or via email: angela.thomas@tnc.org

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.


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