Advanced Training

Iowa Master Naturalists – Upcoming Advanced Training Opportunities

 **Please double check event pages and/or with contact listed ahead of time, in case of any schedule changes or cancellations.**

*Idea: You may be able to get involved in a volunteer capacity for some events. Consider contacting the organization to ask if they need any help.*

In addition to the list below, you can also access a list updated mid month, by clicking HERE

NOVEMBER

Sat, Nov 2  10:00 am – Noon  Woodworking for Wildlife: Build a Bird Feeder at FW Kent Park Conservation Education Center, 2048 HWY 6 NW, Oxford, IA 52322. Come learn about and get involved in bird conservation! Participants will learn about feeding birds in their backyard, build a suet feeder, and discover how they can get involved in project Feeder Watch, a nationwide citizen science program. There is a $5 fee for materials for this program. Registration is required; to register, call 319-645-1011 or email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us.

Sun, Nov 10 12:30 PM-3:30 pm, Bird Banding at Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Join ornithologists Dr. Neil Bernstein and Dr. Anya Illes for a special bird banding program. Drop in anytime during the window of time to watch Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Illes net, band, and release birds from Nature Center property. You’ll get a chance to see the equipment they use, observe the banding process, and learn about the importance of banding. You’ll also get an up close look at the birds! Banding is a weather-dependent activity. Contact: naturecenter@indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Registration is required. Click here to register (registration open through 11/9/19 at 4:00 pm).

Sun, Nov 10 1:000 PM-2:00 pm, Wildlife Rehabilitation at Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Meet Linn County wildlife rehabilitator Amber Oldfield and learn about her job caring for and rehabilitating wildlife in our region. Amber will bring artifacts and a few of the critters in her care, as well as answer all of your questions about wildlife rehabilitation, the animals you see in your neighborhood, and more! Free. Contact: rbailey@indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Free. Registration is required. Click here to register (registration open through 11/10/19).

Nov 12, Nov 19, or Nov 26,  9:00 am – Noon, Project Feeder Watch at Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at Indian Creek Nature Center and other locales in North America. Join a Naturalist to count the birds at our Bird Room feeders from November through February. We’ll send our counts to Project FeederWatch to help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. All are welcome! FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds. Free.Contact: naturecenter@indiancreeknaturecenter.org.

Nov 13, Nov 20, or Nov 27,  Noon – 2:00 pm, Project Feeder Watch at Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at Indian Creek Nature Center and other locales in North America. Join a Naturalist to count the birds at our Bird Room feeders from November through February. We’ll send our counts to Project FeederWatch to help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. All are welcome! FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds. Free.Contact: naturecenter@indiancreeknaturecenter.org.

Thur, Dec 12 8:30AM-4:00PM Trees Forever Symposium Cedar Rapids Country Club 550 27th St Dr NE Cedar Rapids  This is a great networking opportunity which brings together municipal and county leaders, business leaders, educators, engineers, developers, planners, architects, conservationists and activist citizens to explore sustainable community development and green infrastructure practices.  Added bonus: IMN grad Steve Keane, (Fall 2019!) is a panelist!. For more info: go to http://www.treesforever.org/Symposium

Sun Feb 9, 2:00PM Herpetologist Jeff Tamplin will be giving a talk on Wood Turtles a Threatened Species as part of Hartman Reserve’s Second Sunday Programing.  For more info go to https://www.hartmanreserve.org/second-sunday-speaker-series.html