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A land trust is a nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements. Continue reading
Unfortunately, the statewide and blufflands summer land stewardship internship program has come to an end, and all interns have headed home. Filled with accomplishment and learning, the internship program was 11 weeks long, allowing the interns to travel to all the corners of Iowa and work on 25 sites, including private and public properties. Here are some of the tasks and events in which they participated: Continue reading
On August 11, David Zahrt visited the INHF office. David worked here part-time until 2010 doing outreach to encourage land protection in the Loess Hills. David and his siblings together protected their multi-generation family land near Turin through INHF. Now known as Reese Homestead, the homestead is owned by Monona County Conservation Board; the prairie hills around it are owned by the Iowa DNR.
After David worked for INHF, he moved to Nevada. He stopped through Des Moines because he has been on the Climate March since March 1st, 2014. The goal of this walk is to change the heart and mind of Americans, our elected leaders and people across the world by stressing the importance of acting now to address the climate crisis. There are 320 marchers on this walk from 37 states and seven countries; 35 members have pledged to walk full time. The walk started in Los Angeles, and marchers average about 15 miles per day. They hope to reach Washington, D.C. by November 1.
We wish David the best of luck on the rest of his journey! To learn more information about the walk, read blog posts, meet the marchers and more, check out their website.
Grab your cameras and start shooting! Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation announces our second “Through Your Lens” photo contest. You’re never too young to appreciate Iowa’s wild places! Submit your best nature shots for a chance to win a prize. Continue reading
Garden Spiders, argiope aurantia, are found in sunny areas that contain plants, which are prime places for forming circular webs. Their three claws help garden spiders spin complex webs such as this one that contains a zigzagging “X” pattern called a stabilimentum. The function of the stabilimentum is unknown, but it is believed to alert birds to the presence of the web so that they don’t fly through and destroy it.
Fun Fact:The garden spider connects itself to the web and hides in the brush. When an insect gets caught, the vibrations from the impact can be felt by the spider.
Resource: National Wildlife Federation
You, your community and the outdoors. Get out and RAVE – complete Random Acts of Volunteering for the Earth. Continue reading