Thank you all for joining us for our newest edition of the Watershed Conservation newsletter. This season has been off to an interesting start not only with the insane winter weather but also with our programs. Recently we were able to introduce the first versions of two new programs as part of our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant. The first of these programs is our Pollinator Flyway System.  Our goal for this project is to create new wildlife habitat that connects established pollinator habitat and public land via private land. Also, we are incorporating known records of rare and endangered pollinator species into the flyways system.  This program is being developed for every county in the State of Iowa and has been fully drafted for Story, Boone and Hamilton Counties. Our second new program is a seed bank for native seeds that is free for local residents to use. Those who are interested can stop by the office with an estimated garden plot size and pick up as many seeds as they need. Currently, we have 31 species in the seed bank with plenty of room to expand.

The Prairie Rivers watersheds and waterways team has continued doing an excellent job with community outreach and new project research.  We’ve introduced the idea of conservation practices for nutrient reduction and wildlife habitat events like seminars, lectures, classroom lessons and many more. The next major outreach event will be the Ames Eco-Fair on April 25. The watershed team will be there to man booths and give lectures about our current programs and goals. I encourage everyone to attend the Eco-Fair and not only learn about Prairie Rivers continuing mission for watershed conservation but about all local conservation and sustainability organizations in the Ames area.  The best way to stay informed on events is to follow and keep in touch with Prairie Rivers of Iowa on social media. Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are always updated with great information about events and important topics. Thank you all again and please enjoy our newest newsletter.

Sincerely,

David Stein,

Watersheds & Waterways Program Coordinator