Join INHF at the Iowa Prairie Network’s winter meeting

IPN3-logoOn Saturday, Jan. 30, join INHF and fellow nature enthusiasts at the Iowa Prairie Network’s winter meeting!

This year’s event will be held at Ames High School from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come early to participate in a winter prairie hike at the Pohl State Preserve, and stay for speaker presentations, displays and a silent auction.

The proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit INHF’s Sellberg Property in Story County. The 49-acre pasture is home to several prairie remnants and a portion of West Indian Creek. INHF currently owns the property and is working with Story County Conservation Board to raise funds so the project can one day be open to the public.

For more information about the meeting, check out Iowa Prairie Network’s Facebook event or contact Trish Patrick at tpatrick5350@gmail.com. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

The Iowa Prairie Network is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of prairie heritage in Iowa. Since 1990, IPN has been a network of advocacy for Iowa’s natural heritage, using its funding to support land acquisition and restoration practices.

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Celebrate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week across the state

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Iowa Prairie Heritage Week is an annual, week-long celebration of Iowa’s prairie past, present and future. This year, events all across the state will be held Sept. 13-19.

IPHW provides Iowans and visitors the chance to experience the prairie in its September beauty. Events—like prairie walks, seed harvests and educational tours—are scheduled at prairies in all of Iowa’s regions; participants are also encouraged to organize events of their own, introducing friends and family to diverse prairies, small and large.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Iowa Prairie Network calendar online. Continue reading

Lending a hand to the land

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(All photos by Lexi Ruskell)

Over 70 people lent a hand to the land on July 15 at Cedar Hills Sand Prairie in Black Hawk County. The event was a collaboration between six Iowa land trusts, including INHF, and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center, which hosted the Iowa Prairie Conference. The Nature Conservancy’s land stewardship team led the slightly overcast volunteer day, though the weather conditions ended up being perfect for working in the open space of the prairie. Continue reading

McGovern to lead tour of Kossuth County prairies

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The sun sets over Wildin Heritage Prairie. (Photo by Joe McGovern)

INHF President Joe McGovern will lead tours of three prairies in Kossuth County on Saturday, June 27. The field trips will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are co-sponsored by INHF, the Iowa Native Plant Society and the Iowa Prairie Network. Continue reading

What’s in Bloom: Woodlands

This is our second installment of “What’s in Bloom.” From time to time, INHF volunteer Catherine Wilson will let you know about native plants that are in bloom around Iowa.

May is Iowa Wildflower Month! The Iowa Prairie Network has a calendar of events throughout the month designed to introduce Iowa’s woodland and prairie wildflowers. To get a head start, check out what’s blooming in the woodlands:

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The hardiness of the Rue anemone originates in its thick tuberous root system that allows for a rapid start each spring. These beauties are difficult to transplant and should be allowed to thrive in their natural habitats. Photo by Mary Runkel.

Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides) blooms on dry, open slopes during March through June. It is also called an anemone or windflower. The flowers bloom on individual stalks with two or three flowers in each cluster. The flowers have 5-10 petal-like sepals which provide a shallow saucer-like formation with several yellow-green stamens in the center. These hardy flowers’ strength originates with its thick tuberous root system that allows for a rapid start each spring. As hardy as the root system appears, the flowers are difficult to transplant and should be allowed to thrive in their natural habitats. Though no medicinal uses have been found for the Rue anemone, the tubers were gathered by early settlers and Native Americans as a food source. Continue reading

Iowa Prairie Network Winter Meeting

Prairie enthusiasts rejoice! Saturday, Jan. 17, marks the annual Winter Meeting of the Iowa Prairie Network.

Iowa’s prairie community will come together for a day of education and fun at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Running from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the meeting will feature presentations from Mary Harris, a member of the ISU STRIPS research program, Dr. Laura Jackson, director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at UNI, and nature photographer Bill Witt. There will be vendor tables, door prizes, and a silent auction. No registration is needed.

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The Loess Hills CCI crew will put young people to work with a focus on restoring the ecological health of the Loess Hills in western Iowa.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Loess Hills CCI crew. Several conservation agencies, including INHF, are contracting with Conservation Corps of Iowa (CCI) to create a new team of young people focused on restoring ecological health in the Loess Hills. From March to December 2015, they will devote more than 8,000 person-hours towards improving the health of the land.

The Iowa Prairie Network is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of prairie heritage in Iowa. Since 1990, IPN has been a network of advocacy for Iowa’s natural heritage, using its funding to support land acquisition and restoration practices.

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IPN Silent auction donations

Yesterday, we told you about the annual winter meeting the Iowa Prairie Network is hosting this Saturday. The revenue from this year’s silent auction is going toward supporting the Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie, an INHF project. We’re very thankful for the partnership with IPN on this event, so we’re giving a sneak peak of some of the goodies you’ll be able to bid on at the silent auction. See for yourself below!

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11 books on a range of conservation and Iowa natural resource topics

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Iowa Prairie Network winter meeting

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This Saturday, connect with fellow prairie enthusiasts and learn about all of the work being done across Iowa to save our most precious natural resource! The Iowa Prairie Network’s Central Region is hosting a Prairie Celebration on January 18th at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus, Conference Center (Building #7).  The event is open to the public, no fees or registration required. Continue reading

Explore Hartley Heritage Fen in Jasper County

ipn_logoIt’s the time of year for the Iowa Prairie Heritage Week!

To kick off a week filled with prairie appreciation activities across the state, join Inger Lamb and Laurie Fenimore of the Iowa Prairie Network at the Hartley Heritage Fen.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. individuals are invited to explore the fen in Mingo, Iowa, owned by the Jasper County Conservation Board. Continue reading