Advanced Training

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

We sometimes add events mid-month. To link to a rolling google document with the most complete list of events, click here

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

ONGOING
Tue & Wed, November through February Project FeederWatch (Indian Creek Nature Center) 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.

  • 9-11am on Tuesdays
  • Noon-2pm on Wednesdays

**See also the entry for Feb 18 below for FeederWatch activities in Johnson county.

FEBRUARY

Fri, Feb 1, 9am-3pm Invasive Species Conference (EB Lyons Interpretive Center, Mines of Spain, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. Dubuque)
Native plants provide more benefits for the environment than non-native plants, including better food and habitat for animals and pollinators. Help us protect our native ecosystem by removing invasive species and implementing sound land management practices. Hear from experts on how the state park cares for native trees and plants, including how they are dealing with invasive plants such as Oriental bittersweet which chokes out native trees.
Learn how to identify, treat and remove invasives species. Discover the importance of native plants. Questions? Contact: Emily Swihart at 563-260-1000. $10 registration fee covers lunch and handouts. Please register here by January 29th.

Fri, Feb 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Owl Prowl (Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park)
Join certified raptor educator Joan Schnabel for an indoor owl program and night hike. Joan will bring her Great Horned Owl to discuss owl adaptations. We will then head outside for a short hike in hopes of hearing owls, followed by hot chocolate to warm up. Registration is required by Monday, January 28th. Space is limited; register early by emailing fowen@co.johnson.ia.us.

Sun, Feb 3, 12:30-3:30 (time flexible) Join ornithologists Dr. Neil Bernstein and Dr. Anya Illes for a special bird banding program at Indian Creek Nature Center.  Drop in anytime during the period listed 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.  For more information, email naturecenter@indiancreeknaturecenter.org

Thu, Feb 7, 4pm–5pm or 6:00-8:00 PM (evening talk includes cocktail hour). Doug Tallamy entomologist and best selling author will give a presentation entitled “Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home” at the Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, (map) Discover why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us and how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and has authored 92 research publications and taught for 37 years. His book “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure a seat ($15 for afternoon session; higher prices for evening session) For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.blankparkzoo.com/events/conservation-speaker-series/

 

Sun, Feb 10, 8:00 AM-late afternoon. Birding Trip to Quad Cities and Mississippi River with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.
Leave from HyVee parking lot at 1125 N Dodge St. Iowa City.  Carpooling is encouraged. Caravan will stop at locks, dams, riverside parks, and Fairmount cemetery. Group will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Dress for cold and wind and bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). Target birds: gulls waterfowl, winter finches.   ICBC trips are free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org so that you can get updates if meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

 

Sun, Feb 10, 2:00-4:00 PM  Making Landscapes Work for Wildlife  (Iowa City Public Library)
Free. Talk by Adam Janke, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Iowa DNR. Part of the winter gardening forum sponsored by Project Green and the ICPL. https://www.projectgreen.org/events.html

 

Mon, Feb 18, 10:00 AM Join staff at the Iowa Raptor Project Bird Blind to count songbirds for Project FeederWatch.  You will learn about counting protocols for citizen science, what songbirds are visiting, and how to enter your bird data. This is a perfect opportunity for beginner birders to come and hone their ID skills! Click here for map to Raptor Center at the MacBride Nature Recreation Center (Bird blind is near the Raptor Center).  For more information contact Laura Semken at laurasemken@gmail.com or phone 319 624 7178. Although this entry is listed as advanced training, if after this orientation, you go on to count birds and report your sightings, those hours can be counted as volunteer hours.

Wed Feb 20, 12‐1 PM ICFRC 30 N. Clinton St. (Congregation Church) Luncheon Speaker Keith Sahm,  then 7‐9 PM Panel & Film 1117 University Capitol Centre [Old Capitol Mall, 201 S Clinton St] Iowa’s Water, Unhealthy Impacts Near & Far Keith Sahm Introducing Film: Force Blue .  Catherine Zeman PhD Epidemiologist UNI, Cindy Lane JD IA Environmental Council, Maureen McCue MD  PSR IA Moderator If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation to participate in this progam, please contact  Meredith Gall in advance at 319‐384‐1328

Sat, Feb 23, 12:00-3:00pm Iowa Prairie Network Region 6 Meeting at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center in Wapello County. Speaker is Diane Porter of Birdwatching.com Topic: Iowa Birds and the Prairie Potluck lunch at noon. Speaker at 1pm. Planning of the year’s events to follow Everyone welcome! Please join us. Questions: Pam White (641-673-3508) or email pam-white@usa.net

Saturday February 23, 9:30-11:30 am – Coralville Public Library League of Women Voters Legislative Forum (Iowa City Area Group of the Sierra Club is a cosponsor).  Please attend and ask your state senators and representatives’ questions about what they are doing to improve the environment in Iowa.

Sat, Feb 23, 8:00 AM-noon(?). Birding at MacBride Nature Recreation Area with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.
Meet at the main parking area of the MacBride Nature Recreation Area (where the heated restrooms are located). Dress for cold and wind and bring binoculars.  Target birds: woodpeckers, pine siskin, brown creeper, purple finch, redbreasted nuthatch and many others.   ICBC trips are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org so that you can get updates if meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

 

Sat, Feb 23, 10:00 AM-11:00AM. Lives Written on the Land – Talk by Connie Mutel (Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters)
Connie will tell the ongoing story of Iowa’s agricultural land transformation and what it has meant for Iowans and for the states native plants and animals. Connie Mutel has written or edited over a dozen books on environmental subjects.  For more info phone: (309-791-1612).

 

Wed, Mar 6-Fri, Mar 8, Invasive Species Conference at the Quality Inn and Suites, Ames IA.   Tailored for county weed commissioners but of interest to all natural resource managers.  For agenda and registration info visit http://iowaweedcommissioners.org/  Questions? call or email; Megan DiCesare 641-849-0333 (Cell) MDohrman@hardincountyia.gov

 

Thu, Mar 7, 4pm–5pm or 6:00-8:00 PM (evening talk includes cocktail hour).  Orley Chip Taylor will give a presentation entitled, “Monarchs and Pollinators: The Need for Habitat Restoration” at the Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, (map).   Changes in agriculture and development have contributed to the decline of monarchs and many other species. Learn about the causes and rates of habitat loss and what it will take to restore landscapes to sustain the monarch migration, as well as the ecosystems that support us. Dr. Taylor founded Monarch Watch, a collaborative network dedicated to monarch butterflies, well known for its tagging program. Since 1992 over 1.5 million monarchs have been tagged, providing insights about the fall monarch migration. Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure a seat ($15 for afternoon session; higher prices for evening session) For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.blankparkzoo.com/events/conservation-speaker-series/

 

MARCH

Sun, Mar 3, 8:00 AM-noon.  Birding at Cone Marsh with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.
Meet at the Fin and Feather parking lot at 125 Highway 1 W in Iowa City. Carpooling is encouraged.  Caravan will stop at several points around Cone Marsh and take a walk on the dike. Dress for cold, wind, and muddy trails.  Bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). Target birds: sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, and other migrating waterfowl. ICBC trips are free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org so that you can get updates if meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

Wed-Sat, Mar 6-9 All dayIowa Weed Commissioners’ Association Invasive Species Conference (Quality Inn & Suites, Ames)

This years’ 2019 Invasive Species Conference has a stout line-up of presentations on a wide range of weed related issues! The conference agenda and registration information can be found below and at https://iowaweedcommissioners.org/annual-conference. While the conference is tailored for County Weed Commissioners in Iowa, all natural resource professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration required by Feb 20th.

 

Sat, Mar 9, 6:30 AM-late afternoon.  Birding Trip to Burlington and Mississippi River with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.
Meet at the Fin and Feather parking lot at 125 Highway 1 W in Iowa City. Carpooling is encouraged.  Caravan will stop at locks, dams, riverside parks, and other hotspots. Group will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Dress for cold and wind and bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). Target birds: migrating waterfowl, geese, ducks, pelicans, and winter wren.   ICBC trips are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org so that you can get updates if meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

 

Sun, Mar 10. 2:00-4:00 PM  Landscape Tree Health: Challenges, Management, and Planting Diversity Making Landscapes Work for Wildlife (Iowa City Public Library)
Free. Talk by Mark Vitosh,DNR/Wildlife Bureau district forester. Part of the winter gardening forum sponsored by Project Green and the ICPL. https://www.projectgreen.org/events.html

Sat, Mar 16 10am-11:30am Backyard Habitat (Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park)
Hosted by Johnson County Conservation. Are you interested in making your yard more inviting to the birds and the bees? Join Eric Miller and explore the requirements to attract all sorts of wildlife to your property and make your yard a certified wildlife habitat. This free indoor program is designed for adults. Registration is requested; to register, email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us or call (319) 645-1011.

Mar 16, 7:45 AM-1:00 PM.  Birding Trip to Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.  Leave from HyVee parking lot at 1125 N Dodge St. Iowa City.  Carpooling is encouraged. Bring snacks and water and dress for weather.   Bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). Target birds: migratory birds and others.   ICBC trips are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org or call Linda at 319 330 3328 so that you can get updates if meetingplace changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

Sat, Mar 16 9:00- 3:00 A workshop/seminar on attracting Purple Martins and other birds will be held at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center (1005 Nutmeg Ave) 1.8 miles north of Kalona, IA and one mile east off Highway 1.
8:30 A.M – Registration — coffee & doughnuts available.
9:00 A.M – Welcome
9:05 – 10:00 A.M. – Ty Smedes – “The Wood Duck in Iowa”
10:00 – 10:15 A.M. – World Migratory Bird Day Update
10:15 – 10:30 A.M. – Break
10:30 -11:30 A.M. – Orlan Love – “Healthy and Enjoyable Ways to
While Away Retirement in Outdoor Iowa”
11:30 -1:00 P.M. – Break – Lunch available on site
(free will offering to CAM Center appreciated)
1:00 P.M.- Tim Troyer – “The Rewards of Being Persistent
in Becoming a Martin Landlord”
2:00 P.M.- Questions & Answers – panel of veteran landlords
2:30 P.M.- Door Prizes & Auction
For more information, please contact: Evan Gingerich, 2282 Johnson-Washington Rd. SW, Kalona, IA 52247 (319) 656-3629 (voice mail) or Jim Walters at (319) 466-1134.

Tues, Mar 19, 26, and April 2.  7:00 PM  Beginner Birding Course (FW Kent Park)
Course is free for members of the Iowa City Bird Club, but advanced registration is requested.  To register or for more details contact FW Kent Park; 319 645-1011.

Sat, March 23 1:00-3:00pm  Prescribed Burning Presentation by IMN Grad Ian Perkins (Lake Iowa Nature Center) IMN Grad Ian Perkins (Fall 2018) will be giving a program on Prescribed Burning.  Ian will talk about general natural history of prescribed burning and best practices.  Pre-register by email to mbulger@co.iowa.ia.us  More information here.

Sun, Mar 24 7:00 AM-Mar 26 Sandhill Crane, Prairie Chicken and Sharp Tailed Grouse Bus Trip to Nebraska sponsored by county conservation groups.  More info here (scroll down once you get to this page to find link to pdf of brochure)

Sun, Mar 24, 8:00 AM-noon(?).  Birding at Cone Marsh with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.   Meet at the Fin and Feather parking lot at 125 Highway 1 W in Iowa City. Car-pooling is encouraged. Bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one).  Target birds: waterfowl.   ICBC trips are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org so that you can get updates if meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

Sat, Mar 30, 9am-4:30pm Fri, Mar 29, and Sat, Mar 30 9:00 AM-4:30 PM.  11th Annual Day of Insects Reimen Gardens Iowa State University, Ames, IA.  Fri Mar 29 is devoted to workshops , Sat Mar 30 is a day filled with short-and-sweet presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and non-academic enthusiasts covering a range of insect related topics. From beginners to seasoned veterans, DOI has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects.  For more details or to register, go to https://www.reimangardens.com/collections/insects/day-of-insects/

Sat, Mar 30, 8:00 AM-noon(?) Birding at FW Kent Park with the Iowa City Bird Club birders.   Meet at the Conservation Education Center.   Bring binoculars. Target birds: migrating songbirds and resident woodland birds.   ICBC trips are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email info@icbirds.org so that you can get updates if meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

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