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

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.
Tues, Mar 5, 6:30-9pm Bur Oak Land Trust – Prairie Preview XXXVI (Clarion Highlander Hotel, Iowa City) FREE to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Join Bur Oak Land Trust for “UI Wild: Connecting Iowans with the Wild for a Generation.” Presented by the University of Iowa Outdoor Recreation & Education Associate Director, Dave Conrads, who will focus on how to connect young people to nature. University of Iowa Wildlife Camps and  Nature Recreation Area will host a panel question and answer session after. For further information or to become an event sponsor contact 319-338-7030 or info@buroaklandtrust.org. More info here.

 

Wed-Sat, Mar 6-9, All day Iowa Weed Commissioners’ Association Invasive Species Conference (Quality Inn & Suites, Ames) This year’s 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. 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 presents “Monarchs and Pollinators: The Need for Habitat Restoration” (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/

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, March 16, 1-4:30pm Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training Workshop (Caldwell Park, Oskaloosa)
The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring program is looking for enthusiastic and committed adults interested in getting involved in on-the-ground conservation work.   Volunteers study wildlife by collecting data in DNR-led surveys of vulnerable species. If you think this is for you, come join us! www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp/ to learn more about the citizen science program.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Bald Eagle Nest Monitor needs to go through a training.  The workshop is limited to 15 people. Pre-registration and a $5 fee are required – download a registration form at www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp/  Deadline for Registrations is one week prior to workshop date!

 

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. Fb event here.

 

Sat, 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 meeting place changes or if there is a cancellation due to weather or other circumstances.

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, 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. 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.
Fri, Mar 29 12:45-8pm & Sat, Mar 30, 9am-4:30pm 11th Annual Day of Insects (Reiman 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/ Register by Mar 25.

Fri Mar 29, 12:45-3:20 PM Iowa Butterfly Network Survey Training Reimen Gardens, Ames Iowa .  The Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) conducts research using volunteer citizen scientists of all skill levels to collect data for yearly population surveys of butterfly species in the state of Iowa. Volunteers are trained in survey techniques specifically developed for butterflies.  In 2018, IBSN participants surveyed 61 sites across the state. Our ultimate goal is to have at least one survey site in each of our 99 Iowa counties. For more information or to register for a training workshop go to www.reimangardens.com/collections/insects/iowa-butterfly-survey-network/

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.
Sat, March 30, 7:30pm Cedar Amateur Astronomers Presentation (Palisades-Dows Observatory) Topic – “Star Clusters: Cities of Stars” by Professor Steven Spangler, University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy. More info here.

APRIL

Tue, April 2, 6:30PM-6:30PM. Frog and Toad Call Survey Training Pioneer Ridge Nature Center; Wapello County Conservation, 1339 Highway 63, Bloomfield, IA 52537.  There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.com/vwmp/ or e-mail vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov

Wed, April 3 2019 11am-1pm Tree City USA luncheon – Why Trees are for the Birds (Sheraton Hotel & Conference Ctr, West Des Moines)
You know that trees make excellent homes for our feathered friends, but did you know that some tree species provide more benefit to birds than others? Or that when possible, leaving a dead tree standing might attract even more birds to your yard or community? At this year’s Tree City USA luncheon, we’ve invited a panel of experts to talk about birding in Iowa towns – small and large, caring for trees while also caring for the birds that call those trees home, and the best trees to plant in your community to attract and support birds. More info and registration here. Register by March 29.

Sat, April 6, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Iowa Butterfly Network Survey Training Robert A Lee Recreation Center, 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City IA.  The Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) conducts research using volunteer citizen scientists of all skill levels to collect data for yearly population surveys of butterfly species in the state of Iowa. Volunteers are trained in survey techniques specifically developed for butterflies.  In 2018, IBSN participants surveyed 61 sites across the state. Our ultimate goal is to have at least one survey site in each of our 99 Iowa counties. For more information or to register for a training workshop go to www.reimangardens.com/collections/insects/iowa-butterfly-survey-network/

Mon, April 8, 6:30PM-6:30 PM. Frog and Toad Call Survey Training at the Wapsi River Environmental Center, Scott County Conservation, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon, IA 52745.  There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.com/vwmp/ or e-mail vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov

Tue, April 9, 6:30PM-6:30 PM. Frog and Toad Call Survey Training at the Boone Wildlife Research Station, 1436 255th St, Boone IA 50036 (by Ledges State Park). There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.com/vwmp/ or e-mail vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov

Fri-Sun, April 12-14 All Day “Cultivating Innovative Restoration Connections in the Midwest” – SER conference (Central College, Pella)
Please join us for the eleventh annual meeting of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter.  Our goal for the meeting is to explore how to foster the development of innovative restoration connections ecologically, culturally, and professionally to enable the field of restoration to meet future challenges. More information, agenda, and registration here.

Sat, April 13, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM Iowa Butterfly Network Survey Training Reimen Gardens, Ames Iowa.  (there is a “refresher” session offered 12:00-1:30 for folks who already have had the survey training previously) .  The Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) conducts research using volunteer citizen scientists of all skill levels to collect data for yearly population surveys of butterfly species in the state of Iowa. Volunteers are trained in survey techniques specifically developed for butterflies.  In 2018, IBSN participants surveyed 61 sites across the state. Our ultimate goal is to have at least one survey site in each of our 99 Iowa counties. For more information or to register for a training workshop go to www.reimangardens.com/collections/insects/iowa-butterfly-survey-network/

Sat, April 13, 9:30 AM-12:30PM.  Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training at Sioux County Conservation, Oak Grove Lodge, Oak Grove Park, 4051 Cherry Ave., Hawarden, IA 51023. There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.com/vwmp/ or e-mail vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov

Sat, April 13, 6:30PM-6:30 PM. Frog and Toad Call Survey Training at Sioux County Conservation, Oak Grove Lodge, Oak Grove Park, 4051 Cherry Ave., Hawarden, IA 51023.  There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information, go to http://www.iowadnr.com/vwmp/ or e-mail vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov

Sat, April 27, 8pm Cedar Amateur Astronomers Presentation (Palisades-Dows Observatory)
Topic TBD.

 

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