Thank you all for joining us for the Prairie Rivers of Iowa newsletter. This year has been filled with new challenges, but also several successes. The watershed team’s work on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant has continued to produce several great results for conservation here in Central Iowa. We completed the seed bank program for 2019 with a total of fifty-five participants with several continuing their interest for next year’s program. Our pollinator flyways system has also gone through a major change with a new logo and name to be unveiled at its launch later this fall. In the meantime, we have been hard at work mapping endangered pollinator sightings in the state.
The Prairie Rivers Watersheds and Waterways team has continued doing an excellent job with community outreach. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outreach efforts have been slowed, but we’ve found some creative ways to get around the restrictions. The Ames EcoFair was canceled, but both I and our Watershed Educator Dan Haug were able to present our conservation chat topics on KHOI Radio through the virtual version of the EcoFair. We were also able to complete our first field day, albeit virtually through a Zoom meeting with our partners at the Story Soil and Water Conservation District and Iowa Learning Farms. Speakers included Dr. Billy Bush and Dr. Tom Isenhart who discussed the Bear Creek Research Farm and the benefits of saturated buffers, as well as Dan Haug and myself who discussed Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) mapping tools and our conservation field visits. 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.
Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watershed Coordinator David Stein