The cache is placed in the Mines of Spain Recreation Area along the Eagle Scout Trail. The nearest parking is at the Cattesse Hallow Access area (see parking coordinates). It is located off Olde Massey Rd. From there follow the Cattesse Trail to the Eagle Scout Trail. Most of this area is open to hunting so wear the appropriate clothing during hunting season.
The cache is placed with the permission of the Iowa DNR. The Mines of Spain Recreation Area is open year around from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The bird and butterfly garden is located at the E.B. Lyons Center. The garden demonstrates how small areas can be used to attract birds and butterflies by providing proper food plants, appropriate nesting, shelter zones and a source of water. The flower garden integrates a number of native and cultivated plants that are rich in nectars and lure many types of butterflies and hummingbirds.
The garden trail displays dogwoods, arrowood and other shrubs. You can see the wild flowers blazing star, wild bergamot, and purple coneflower. Cultivated plants include shasta daisies, lupines, salvia, and columbines.
The butterflies you may see include: monarch, fritillary, spring azure, red-spotted purple, blues, swallowtail, and painted lady. Birds may include ruby-throated hummingbird, tanagers, finches, thrushes, sparrows and many more.