Iowa Master Naturalists

Iowa Master Naturalists

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Another identification please :)
Identification please- for a friend.
The beavers have been hard at work creating a long string of ponds where just a small creek existed. The guys from The Beaver Institute (branch in Fairfield) built a "starter dam" with ash spikes and erosion stone, trying to coax the beavers onto my property. Finally this fall they noticed it and started to shore it up, pluging all the holes that existed last summer.
The water is clear and clean now. The nitrates and sediment settle out in the string of ponds. It would cost a million dollars for man to build this habitat, yet we kill the beavers for doing it for us.
Iowa needs a State Mammal - Lets nominate the beaver!
these cold days are great time to watch the Eagles fish.
Cedar River at Prairie Creek dam.
A shout-out to the Iowa Master Naturalists for their volunteer support at Rummage, and for the services of environmental education, awareness, and stewardship they provide to our community.
Thank you Iowa Master Naturalists and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for sharing John Pearson's discussion on how to ID poison ivy. Know this plant - don't fear it! Be Free, Be Wild and Be Fearless!
Hello, IMN! I'm looking for someone who is just as excited (and slightly more knowledgeable) about Iowa Geology as The Good Earth Camp and School kids are. We have some really neat rocks in our locally based collection and would love to learn more about them. We'd love a 30 minute "rock talk" June 29th and/or future date. We are not yet a 501c3. If this doesn't count for volunteer hours, we will gladly compensate for transportation and make a $50 donation to IMN. PM me for further details.
Can someone identify this for me? It's on one of my Elderberry bushes. Very interesting! Thanks.
Will you be offering the Master Naturalist classes again in 2020?
Fungi spotted today. Are they scarlet cup?
Hey windy day. The birds still need to eat. Love the color variation as they get their summer clothes on!

The mission of the Iowa Master Naturalists program is to educate adult volunteers about Iowa's natural heritage to help make them more effective volunteers in area of environmental education, stewardship and citizen science.

To become a certified Master Naturalist a trainee must complete:

* a 40 hour basic training course.
* 40 hours of nature-relevant volunteer work.
* 8 hours of advanced training

To retain certification in subsequent years in graduates must complete at least of 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service per year. More information and application forms can be found at http://iowamasternaturalists.org

Operating as usual

05/02/2022

Wildflowers have started blooming at Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls. Both white trout lily and spring beauty flowers are pollinated by a variety of native bees. Can you identify other plant species in the photo?

04/19/2022
How to Use Bark to Identify Trees 04/07/2022

How to Use Bark to Identify Trees

How to Use Bark to Identify Trees Bark is a handy feature for identifying trees. Billy Beck, Iowa State University assistant professor and extension forestry specialist, shares his top 3 thin...

Osprey will return ‘home’ to Eastern Iowa 04/06/2022

Osprey will return ‘home’ to Eastern Iowa

Unlike most raptors, ospreys are able to dive into water to catch live fish. Their dark mask is believed to reduce glare from the water. Here is another interesting bird article by Brandon Caswell. He points out that ospreys carry a fish so that it aligns with the bird’s body, reducing aerodynamic drag - and providing a handy ID tip!

Osprey will return ‘home’ to Eastern Iowa April also is an excellent month to view waterfowl like ducks, geese and swans, as well as grebes

03/31/2022

Coyotes tend to avoid humans and pets, but aggressive coyotes could be dangerous and should be reported. The bulletin below gives excellent tips, no April foolin’! 😉

03/25/2022

IMN Grad Jody T (Fall 2021) in conjunction with Sidekick Coffee and Books in Iowa City has organized a book drive to to stock the FW Kent Park library with the books they need for children's programming. Bring your kids to the "Reptile Meet and Greet" at the bookstore on Sat, April 30 (10 AM-11:30) and purchase a book for a great cause!

What Do Birds Use To Duct Tape Their Nests Together? 03/25/2022

What Do Birds Use To Duct Tape Their Nests Together?

Did you know - Hummingbirds use spider web in constructing their nests. “Spider silk not only acts as a glue, holding the other bits together, but it’s flexible enough to accommodate the growing bodies of nestlings.” Let’s leave outdoor spiders webs undisturbed as much as possible.

What Do Birds Use To Duct Tape Their Nests Together? A flexible, resilient material for construction and repair . . . yes, we're talking about spider silk.

03/24/2022

Calling all photographers, from brand new to expert, the Iowa Roadside Management program is looking for photos of the below native and non-native plants for the 2023 calendars, a collaboration with Trees Forever! The theme this year is ‘Plant this, not that,’ and we are looking for photos of the species listed below. Pictures do not have to be taken in Iowa since the calendar also covers Trees Forever's service area in Illinois. We are also looking for images of pollinators and wildlife interactions with the native species listed and people managing the invasive species listed.

If you are interested in submitting a photo for consideration, please email it to [email protected]. Deadline is April 30, 2022. All selected photos will be accompanied by name recognition in the calendar and the photographer will receive five calendars. These materials are used for educational purposes and are never sold. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

03/23/2022

If you've been in our neck of the woods this week, you may have seen the return of American white pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, to the Iowa River on their migration path.

Pelicans are some of the largest (9-foot wingspan) and heaviest (11-19 lbs) flying bird species, even larger than bald eagles, but that doesn't stop them from being excellent at soaring. These birds are so graceful, they put ballet dancers to shame.

It's critical that we protect wetlands and waterways for pelicans and other migratory birds to complete their journey.

📸 American white pelican on the Iowa River, Jason Taylor.

#wildlifewednesday #wetland #migratorybirds #pelicans #iowa #conservation #birds

03/21/2022
Photos from Sycamore Greenway Friends's post 03/20/2022

Photos from Sycamore Greenway Friends's post

Man discovers 11-pound woolly mammoth tooth on Northwest Iowa construction site 03/18/2022

Man discovers 11-pound woolly mammoth tooth on Northwest Iowa construction site

https://www.kwwl.com/news/top-stories/man-discovers-11-pound-woolly-mammoth-tooth-on-northwest-iowa-construction-site/article_b7c4aef4-a632-11ec-9d5f-af663168fbed.html

Man discovers 11-pound woolly mammoth tooth on Northwest Iowa construction site SHELDON, Iowa (KWWL) -- A man made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery at a construction site in Northwest Iowa, after finding a woolly mammoth tooth!

03/17/2022

National Register of Historic Places adds Wickiup Hill sites. https://www.linncountyiowa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2679

Photos from Bur Oak Land Trust's post 03/16/2022

Photos from Bur Oak Land Trust's post

Spongy moth becomes new name for invasive pest, ending longtime slur use 03/03/2022

Spongy moth becomes new name for invasive pest, ending longtime slur use

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2022/03/spongy-moth-becomes-new-name-for-invasive-pest-ending-longtime-slur-use.html

Spongy moth becomes new name for invasive pest, ending longtime slur use The Entomological Society of America on Wednesday, March 2, announced that spongy moth will be the new common name for the invasive insect that was previously known as gypsy moth.

02/26/2022

Comfortably ensconced in their protective ootheca, or egg case, through the winter chill, dozens to hundreds of praying mantis eggs await warmer temperatures before hatching. Not to be swayed by the occasional unseasonably warm winter day, baby mantids will wait for a couple of weeks of consecutive days in the 70s before hatching, generally in June or July.

02/15/2022

When adding trees or flowers to your yard, be sure to include a couple of these. All winged things, large and small, will thank you.

02/01/2022

Volunteer Spotlight:
IMN grad, John D (Fall 2018), has taken his capstone project and run with it! He recently led a program on Tree ID for the Des Moines public library system. His popular What’s that Tree Guide is now in its second edition. John is just one of many IMN grads working to make Iowa a greener and more nature-literate place.
Thanks, John, for your great work!

01/29/2022

Registration is now open for the Spring 2022 Iowa Master Naturalists basic training course. This course is hosted by Story County Conservation, and will be held at their McFarland park facility near Ames. This course begins Mar 19 and will combine "in person" and online instruction. For more details, or to register, go to http//:www.iowamasternaturalists.org

2022 Environmental Summit - Climate Change - The Conservation Foundation 01/22/2022

2022 Environmental Summit - Climate Change - The Conservation Foundation

2022 Environmental Summit - Climate Change - The Conservation Foundation Join us on Tuesday, January 25th for the 2022 Environmental Summit with Keynote Speaker, Doug Tallamy.

Aldo Leopold - The Aldo Leopold Foundation 01/12/2022

Aldo Leopold - The Aldo Leopold Foundation

Aldo Leopold - The Aldo Leopold Foundation Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his best known ideas is...

Hovering raptors in Iowa 01/04/2022

Hovering raptors in Iowa

In winter, Iowa has about 14 raptor species, including the eastern red-tailed hawk. Great article by Brandon Caswell!

Hovering raptors in Iowa 14 different species of eagles, hawks and falcons can be spotted in the state this winter

A unique wetland in northwest Iowa was turned into farmland. A conservation easement is reviving it. 01/03/2022

A unique wetland in northwest Iowa was turned into farmland. A conservation easement is reviving it.

From the Iowa Native Plant Society: Thank you again to those who were able to join us for our December 7th webinar, Conservation Partnerships: Restoring One of Iowa's Largest Known Fens! The recording has been uploaded to our website for viewing! Please feel free to share with those who may be interested. http://www.iowanativeplants.org/webinar.php

Read more about Neppl Fen restoration here: https://www.iowapublicradio.org/environment/2021-12-09/a-unique-wetland-in-northwest-iowa-was-turned-into-farmland-a-conservation-easement-is-reviving-it

A unique wetland in northwest Iowa was turned into farmland. A conservation easement is reviving it. A unique wetland in northwest Iowa that was heavily farmed for 70 years is showing early signs of a comeback.

The Ultimate Iowa Waterfalls Road Trip Is Right Here And You’ll Want To Do It 12/30/2021

The Ultimate Iowa Waterfalls Road Trip Is Right Here And You’ll Want To Do It

Here’s a fine plan for next spring!

The Ultimate Iowa Waterfalls Road Trip Is Right Here And You’ll Want To Do It Take advantage of this fun road trip idea before the weather changes. Winter is coming!

12/21/2021

It's the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the start of astronomical winter. In Iowa, the solstice day will last 9 hours, 9 minutes, and 38 seconds from sunrise to sunset. For comparison, in Anchorage, the day lasts only around 5 and a half hours, while in Honolulu they will enjoy nearly eleven hours of daylight.

#wintersolstice #shortestday #longestnight

12/07/2021

At dusk, crows roost together in trees. This gathering is believed to be for socializing, to communicate about food sources, and establish breeding partners for the spring. There is also protection in numbers from predators such as the great horned owl.

11/28/2021

Winter is a great time for watching woodpeckers; five of our area's seven woodpecker species can frequently be seen throughout the year, even in the coldest months.

In addition to little Downy Woodpeckers, watch for their bigger lookalikes Hairy Woodpeckers as well as common Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Less common at backyard feeders but still present are Red-headed Woodpeckers and the big Pileated Woodpecker.

Occasional sightings of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers--normally just passing through during migration--and Northern Flickers--considered year-round residents but less abundant in winter--round out our area's woodpecker family.

11/26/2021

“Turkey were once wiped out in Iowa. Around 1910, the last known wild Iowa turkey was seen in Lucas County. In the 1960s, the bird was reintroduced successfully with birds transplanted from Missouri... turkeys quickly adapted to Iowa’s diverse landscape.” For more turkey facts, see https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/154/Cool-Things-You-Didn’t-Know-About-Wild-Turkey

Discover a Johnson County oasis at Kent Park 11/18/2021

Discover a Johnson County oasis at Kent Park

Discover a Johnson County oasis at Kent Park F.W. Kent Park offers year-round education, recreation, exploration in abundance.

The Longest Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years Takes Place This Friday—Here’s How and When to Watch It 11/17/2021

The Longest Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years Takes Place This Friday—Here’s How and When to Watch It

Calling all night owls! This week features the longest lunar eclipse in over 500 years. A “Beaver Moon” lunar eclipse will begin around midnight Thursday, reaching its peak around 3am Friday morning, and continuing until about 6am Friday. A “Beaver Moon” is a full moon in November, when beavers are getting ready for winter. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s shadow is cast on the moon.

The Longest Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years Takes Place This Friday—Here’s How and When to Watch It Mark your calendars, the Beaver Moon eclipse is a must-see—and it's the longest of the century!

11/15/2021

Naturalists are sometimes accused of having an unusual sense of fun; after all, it takes a special type of person to give up their Sunday morning to pick up other other people's trash. But despite the chilly, blustery weather, the clean-up of our adopted stretch of highway north of Amana was both fun and productive. Our efforts prevented nearly 400 lb of trash from entering Iowa's waterways, and the afterparty at the Amana Brewhaus was pretty sweet too! Thanks to Justin for organizing this, and to Jason, Joe, Mark, Ben, Jeff, Dan, Ginny for all their hard work!
Elisabeth

11/11/2021

Textures of a Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) stem and leaves. The tall, thick stem covered in dense hairs, along with the deeply serrated leaves, make this plant easy to pick out even long after the flowers have gone to seed.

11/10/2021

Join IMN grads this coming Sunday, Nov 14 for a clean-up of our adopted stretch of highway 151. We will meet at 10:00 AM at the Amana Post office (4015 G St, Amana, IA 52203) for a project kick-off and safety briefing. Dress for the weather including sturdy footwear. Bring gloves and a trash grabber if you have them. Safety vests, gloves, and garbage bags will be provided. Family, friends are welcome to join us for this event. Afterwards, there is the option for a group meal in Amana. Thanks to Justin V (IMN class 2015) for organizing this event. Hope to see you Sunday!

Neal Smith, Iowa’s longest-serving US House member, dies 11/10/2021

Neal Smith, Iowa’s longest-serving US House member, dies

Iowa’s large wildlife refuge near Des Moines was championed by him, and later named for him - the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

Neal Smith, Iowa’s longest-serving US House member, dies DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Neal Smith, who grew up in a tiny southeast Iowa town and served as a World War II bomber pilot before becoming a successful lawyer and then the state’s longest-serving U.S. House member, has died.

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Wolf spiders are roaming hunters that eat small invertebrates like grasshoppers, ants and other spiders. They are the on...
IMN field trip last Saturday.  Night herping with Don Becker at Wickiup Hill.  Northern water snake.
Iowa Master Naturalist grad, Ben R (Summer 2016), shared this video of his bluebird babies "gaping"--a behavior calculat...
This video was created by Laura Shuster in her garden with a cell phone.  Thank you for sharing!

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PO Box 5675
Coralville, IA
52241

General information

Basic training classes are intensive, exciting and informative. Classroom learning is once a week for 12 weeks and together with weekend fieldtrips give 40 hours of learning. Curriculum includes Butterflies, Dragonflies, Iowa Landforms, waterbodies and groundwater, birding, beginning Botany, identification of tree/shrubs, wildflowers, mammal species, Ecosystems of Woodlands, Prairie, Wetlands, Savanna, Ecology, Nature Interpretation, Nature at Night, and more!

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United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties
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For 100 years, United Way of Johnson County has been uniting our community to give, advocate and volunteer to create measurable change that improves lives and strengthens our community by focusing on life's building blocks- education, income and health.

Iowa Women's Foundation Iowa Women's Foundation
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Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Area Ostomy Support Group Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Area Ostomy Support Group
Coralville, 52241

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Johnson County Historical Society Johnson County Historical Society
Xtream Arena, 200 E. 9th Street Suite 101
Coralville, 52241

JCHS is a private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation.

ChildServe - Iowa City ChildServe - Iowa City
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ChildServe partners with families to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life.

John Paul II Medical Research Institute the Home of Give Cures John Paul II Medical Research Institute the Home of Give Cures
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Patrick Kalala Ministry Patrick Kalala Ministry
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City Circle Theatre Company City Circle Theatre Company
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900 1st Ave
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