SUMMER 2001 AT IOWA LAKESIDE LABORATORY
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory is a field station located on West Okaboji Lake in northwest Iowa where students and the public can go to learn by hands-on experience. The Lab is run cooperatively by Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa through the Iowa State Board of Regents. It was on of the first private summer field stations in the United States. Professor Thomas H. Macbride of the University of Iowa and a number of biologists from other Iowa colleges established Lakeside in 1909/ In 1936 Lakeside became a state institution. Since its foundation, Lakeside's mission has been to provide students an opportunity to get hands-on experience working with Iowa's natural and human environments thorough its field-orientated summer courses and to provide research facilities and support for graduate students and faculty working on research projects in northern Iowa. Natural History Workshops are introductory courses suitable for anyone who is interested in learning more about the natural world. One or two credits can be obtained for each week a workshop is taken. The Workshops can also be taken on a non-credit basis for a fee of $150 per week of class. There are no prerequisites for these Workshops. The following Workshops will be offered summer 2001. Birds and Birding, May 20-25 Field archaeology, May 27-June 1, June 3-8, or May 27-June 8 Courses being offered during the summer of 2001 for credit only are: First term: May 20-June 15 Archaeology Ecology Freshwater Algae Ornithology Illustrating Nature: Photography (May 20-June 1) Illustrating Nature: Sketching (June 3-15) Second Term: June 17-July 13 Aquatic Ecology Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms Plant Taxonomy Prairie Ecology Statistics Watershed Hydrology Third Term: July 15-August 10 Conservation Biology Iowa Natural History Watershed Modeling Wetland Ecology Courses for Teachers Animal Biology: Invertebrates (June 10-22) Animal Biology: Living Organisms in Classrooms (June 24-29) Plant Biology: (July 22-27)
An Adult Nature Weekend will be held August 17-19, 2001. This is an opportunity to participate in field trips to various natural areas in the Iowa Great Lakes region supplemented by evening interpretive programs. Learn more about Iowa's natural history from some of the leading naturalists in the state while in a relaxed and congenial setting. For more information on courses at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, please contact the Administrative Office, 131 Bessey Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1020; phone: 515-294-2488; email:lakeside@iastate. edu; or visit our Web site, http://www. lakesidelab.org.
IPN BOARD MEETING MINUTES
(These notes are brief reports on a long meeting. Please contact your board members if there's a topic that interests you.) The IPN Board met Jan. 13, 2001, at the IDNR State Nursery, Ames. Present: Dave Hansen, Sue Irving, Jim Nedtwig, Pam White, Glenn Pollock, Casey Kohrt, Erma Selser, Kirk Larsen , David Zahrt (late), Cindy Hildebrand, Trish Patrick, Laura Norian, Andy Swanson (guest). Laura took notes for the meeting. Sue reported the treasury has more than $8,000, and renewals are coming in. The Board voted to fund a grant request from the Girl Scouts Great Plains Council for a drip torch and backpack pump to help the management of the Loess Hills prairie on their property. Glenn reported on Loess Hills news, including the Loess Hills Alliance, fire training workshops, fill dirt excavation problems, removal of cedars for Christmas trees, and a new restoration grant program. Casey reported on the IPN website, which is progressing, and the forthcoming Prairie Preview event. Jim reported on his work on the IPN prairie economic impact survey and on the forthcoming Prairie Rescue Day in April. Pam reported on proposed native plantings for an Oskaloosa bike trail. Kirk reported on the Prairie Invertebrates Conference to be held at Luther College on Nov. 3, and a northeast Iowa prairie site survey. Dave reported on an award-winning project using native plantings to protect a trout stream. Erma reported on the newsletter and some information requests she has received. Trish reported on an Extension prairie education program. Other topics discussed included forthcoming prairie postage stamps; a Greene County remnant worked on by Jim; DOT prairie seed purchase policies; the North American Prairie Conference prairie coalition: the next IPN annual meeting; the proposed CHILD rainforest project; possible Iowa burn workshops; the Region 5 meeting and silent auction; the recent Supreme Court wetland decision; and Loren Lown's new prairie booklet, which was partly funded by IPN. The next meeting is tentatively set for April 7th. All IPN members are welcome to attend.
GARLIC MUSTARD WORKDAY, MAY 19 By Jo Hudson The Central Iowa Group of the Sierra Club has scheduled a workday to attack the garlic mustard in Ashworth Park in Des Moines. The date is Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00. The infestation is extensive, and we need lots of help. If you can come for any length of time during the day, call Jo Hudson for more information, (515) 276-6359. The rain date is June 16.
PRAIRIE SURVEY INFORMATION by Jean Eells
After talking to Cindy and Sue at the CIPN meeting I am responding to a request to detail a few more of the prairie economy listings I'd tossed out at the meeting. For those of you who have not yet completed your surveys this might be an impetus to get them completed and mailed. I consider these costs to be fair game for the prairie economy in Iowa - all are expenses that occur as a result of our passions for prairie. At the minimum they should serve as stimulation for thought if not some chagrin to see how much disposable income is going for this! I think it would be good to remind people to average their costs (such as books at $25 each, t-shirts at $15 each, miles at the federal rate of $.31/mile, etc.) and remember there won't be any receipt police to check the change! Here's the list in no particular order: Magazine subscriptions, newsletters, memberships in related organizations (both may have occassional prairie info that attracts our attention). Take some averages and count the number you annually renew. Books of all kinds related to prairies (coffee table quality, ID books,how-to's). T-shirts, signs, bags, hats, jewelry, other personal symbols worn to promote prairie. Equipment purchases - cameras and film to document prairie finds,journals, paints and art supplies, music about prairies and things to make prairie music, computer/printer/internet services to communicate prairie info, seed harvesting equipment such as gloves or special bags. Seed handling/storage (old refrigerators used for stratification - operating costs, too), storage facilities dedicated to prairie work. Fire equipment, any special insurance for burning, radios or communication devices for burning, fire attire, matches and etc. can be added. Land purchases where prairie is planned to be restored or remnants discovered and targeted for recovery efforts. Annual taxes on land dedicated to prairie from which there is no income unrelated to prairie. Contracted wages or services - anyone you hired to spray, weed, harvest prairie. Food and beverages for friends who helped you do prairie work. Vehicle costs anything dedicated to prairie hunting, miles spent traveling to your favorite prairie haunts, going to conferences, visiting friends for prairie, attending prairie walks, differential costs for vehicles up-sized or down-sized in order for you to indulge in your prairie habits (hauling seed or equipment even at a hobby level), extra car washes due to traveling on gravel roads in search or prairie (!). Vacations anywhere which include stops to see prairies. Events for prairie - travel or per diem expenses for political efforts on behalf of prairie, vacation days taken for prairie (value of your wages for number of days devoted to prairie work), concerts and fund raising (including silent auction items bought!) where prairie is the intended benefactor, school field days where you are a presenter/volunteer, time spent in leadership in a prairie organization (value of volunteer time is variable but $10/hour isn't out of line). So, I'm sure there is more, and probably should be less, but most of us can hardly stand to count up what we're spending on this "hobby" level activity! We do need to stand up and be counted, however, as we're not alone and most of us are spending this kind of money because we believe there is a greater good to be gained. That should make it almost virtuous and thus fall into the arena of charitable work! Hopefully this list will serve as a trigger for those of you who have not completed the following survey. Thank you for your time.
IOWA PRAIRIE NETWORK SURVEY
The Iowa Prairie Network is conducting this survey to help determine the economic impact, nature, and extent of prairie related projects carried out by individual Iowans. Please complete this survey only if your prairie lives in the state of Iowa. Thank you for your participation.
Part A: Prairie reconstructions and Restorations How many total acres of prairie have you reconstructed or restored?
About what percentage of the seed you use for reconstructions or restorations do you collect on your own (i.e. what percentage do you not pay money for)?
About how many species of prairie plants do you include in each reconstruction or restoration?
How many hours do you spend collecting prairie seed, per acre of reconstruction or restoration?
What are your average, annual, out of pocket expenses per acre, during the first two years of prairie establishment (include any prairie related expenses such as books, conferences, weeding, herbicide, purchase of seed, gas, etc.)?
What are your average, annual, out of pocket expenses per acre, after the first two years of prairie establishment?
Do you use local ecotype seed (75 mile radius)?
From whom do you purchase seed?
Part B: Virgin Prairie How many acres of virgin prairie land do you, as an individual, manage?
What are your average, annual out of pocket expenses per acre, associated with virgin prairie management?
Return your completed survey to: IPN Survey, 443 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50312 PRAIRIE SIGNS AVAILABLE FROM IOWA PRAIRIE NETWORK
The IPN has signs available for posting on prairie sites. The signs are sold as a set of 1 large (your choice of remnant or planting) and 1 small sign, or individually. The signs are 1/8î thick plastic with a dull gold background and dark brown printing, there are 2 holes at the center top and bottom of each sign for easy mounting. The large sign (7 1/2” x 11”) has “Native Prairie Planting” or “Native Prairie Remnant” printed in 1 1/4” letters. The narrative sign is smaller (5” x 9”) and says: “When the first settlers arrived in Iowa, nearly 30 of the state’s 35 million acres were blanketed with tallgrass prairie. In less than 150 years, 99.9% of this vast, lush grassland disappeared under the plow. The prairie before you contains some of the more than 300 native grass and wildflower species that once stretched for endless miles across Iowa’s landscape." The cost is $10 per set (1 large and 1 small), $7 for the large sign only, and $5 for the narrative sign only- plus $3.00 postage/handling for 1 to 2 signs and $4.25 for 3 to 6. IPN cloth bags and teeshirts with “Prairies are our rainforests” imprinted on them are still available. For information on availability, sizes and colors and prices contact Trish at 515/382-2802 or e-mail Sandprairie@cs.com Make check payable to: Iowa Prairie Network. Mail orders can be sent to: Trish Patrick 57540 270th St. Ames, IA 50010 # ordered Total amount Native Prairie Planting set (1 large & 1 small) __________ x $10 = ___________ Native Prairie Remnant set (1 large & 1 small) __________ x $10 = ___________ Signs individually: Large Prairie Planting _________ x $ 7 = ______ ___ Large Prairie Remnant _________ x $ 7 = ___ ____ Smaller narrative sign _________ x $ 5 = ___________
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******************************************************** Schedule of Prairie Related Events 2001 (Events are listed for IPN and other organizations) Since some areas are mentioned more than once please refer to the previous event for directions. For help with directions or to confirm in case of inclement weather, contact the person or persons at the end of the listing. ********************************************************* April 7, IPN Board Meeting Saturday , 10 AM at State Forest Nursery Building in Ames. All members welcome. April 14, Cedar Bluffs State Preserve with the Mahaska County Conservation Board, 9:00AM. MCCB, (641) 673-9327 <email@example.com> or Glenda 641-632-8308 <firstname.lastname@example.org> April 20 &21, 2001Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, at Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, IA. April 21,Eddyville Dunes workday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, with MCCB, (641) 673-9327 <email@example.com> or Glenda (641) 632-8308 <firstname.lastname@example.org> April 21, Prairie Rescue Day, Look for a site close to you at www.inhf.org/rescue2001.htm May 3, Lake Hawthorne Thursday, 7:00 PM. Prairie walk. Contact Pam at (641) 673-3508 or <email@example.com> for more informatin. May 5, Shooting stars!10:00 AM, in Lee County. Call Martha at (641) 472-1459 or Doug at (319) 835-5887 for more information. May 12 …Prairies in the morning, Jackson County, Saturday, 10:00 AM. Sponsored by The Iowa Native Plant Society, in conjuction with The Jackson County Conservation Board and The Iowa Prairie Network. …Prairies in the morning (relaxed walk effort level), lunch at Maquoketa Caves State Park, Woodland and Algific Slope in the afternoon (moderately strenous hiking a few miles), a few other sites if anyone desires to see more on their way home. Meet at Codfish Hollow Hill Prairie at 10 am. Directions:From the east edge of Maquoketa at the junction of highways 64 and 62, go 1 mile north to 35th Ave (also called Codfish Hollow Road). Turn right (east) on Codfish Hollow road and go 4 miles to the prairie (cars and prairie will be evident on your left). We will see Birdfoot Violet, Blueeyed Grass, Shooting Star, Downy Painted Cup and more.... Late morning, car caravan to an exceptionally nice privately owned native hill prairie 3 miles south of Maquoketa (Jorgensen's). We will then meet at Maquoketa Caves State Park picnic shelter at 1:00 for lunch (bring your own lunch, or pick up fast food in Maquoketa). Maquoketa Caves is northwest of Maquoketa: 1 mile north on Hwy 61, 5 miles west on Hwy 428. After lunch, we will car pool to Pine Valley Wildlife area. This is a 600 acre woodland bordered by the Maquoketa River, split by Pine Creek, and holds a large algific slope. The woodlands should provide a broad display of flowers and the algific slope will provide a different variety of plants including monkshood, and many varieties of ferns. Pine Valley is nw of Maquoketa Caves (go 5 miles west of the Caves on E17, then south on 30th Ave for 2 miles to the Pine Valley parking lot). Contact Ray Hamilton (319) 652-6339. May 24, Doolittle Prairie Preserve Thursday, 7 PM. Monthly evening walks will be held the fourth Thursday of the month May-Aug. at 7 PM. Late spring forbs will start off our season of walks. These walks are sponsored by the Story County Conservation Board and the CIPN. Walks will be lead by CIPN member Lloyd Crim. For more information call Lloyd at (515) 432-5026. Long pants, sturdy shoes and bug spray are recommended. Directions: from I-35 go west at exit 116 (the Roland exit north of Ames), on E18 for about 1/2 mile then turn south on the gravel road for 1 1/4 miles. The preserve is on the west side of the road. Follow the lane back to the parking lot. June 1-3,Loess Hills Seminar . You must register in advance for meals. Contact Gloria Kistner, Western Hills AEA, (800) 352-9040 or (712) 274-6000 ext. 6083 <firstname.lastname@example.org> June 2, IPN Board Meeting Saturday , 10 AM at State Forest Nursery Building in Ames. All members welcome. June 7, Lake Hawthorne Thursday, 7:00 PM. Prairie walk. Contact Pam at (641) 673-3508 or <email@example.com> for more informatin. June 12, Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie, Tuesday 6:30 PM. Monthly walks will be held on the second Tuesday of the month June-Sept. This mesic prairie is managed by The Iowa Nature Conservancy with the help of volunteers. For more information contact the TNC at (515) 244-5044. Poison ivy is found at this site so long pants, sturdy shoes and bug spray are recommended. Directions: from I-35 take the Ames 13th Street exit west to Grand Ave; turn right (north) and go to 20th St.; turn left (west) and go to Ridgewood; the prairie is on the west side of the high school. Follow the drive around the north end of the school to a small parking lot on the west. June 16, Centennial Cemetery 8:00 AM, workday. For more informatin contact Pam at 641-673-3508 or <firstname.lastname@example.org> June 28, Doolittle Prairie Preserve Thursday, 7 PM. See previous listing for more information. July 5, Lake Hawthorne Thursday, 7:00 PM. Prairie walk. Contact Pam at (641) 673-3508 or <email@example.com> for more informatin. July 10, Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie, Tuesday 6:30 PM. July 26, Doolittle Prairie Preserve Thursday, 7 PM. See previous listing for more information. August 2, Lake Hawthorne Thursday, 7:00 PM. Prairie walk. Contact Pam at (641) 673-3508 or <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more informatin. August 11, Jensen Marsh,Saturday , 10:00 AM. Joint field trip with INPS and CIPN to Jensen Marsh (and prairie) in Madison County . More information in the next newsletter. August 14, Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie, Tuesday 6:30 PM. August 23, Doolittle Prairie Preserve Thursday, 7 PM. See previous listing for more information. September 6, Lake Hawthorne Thursday, 7:00 PM. Prairie walk. Contact Pam at (641) 673-3508 or <email@example.com> for more informatin. September 11, Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie, Tuesday 6:30 PM. November 3, Prairie Invertebrates Conference at Luther College, Decorah, IA. Contact Kirk Larson at (563) 387-1558 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. *********************************************************