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ARSP Calendar  2013 2015 2016

ARSP Calendar—2016
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January

 

February

 

March

03/28 (Sa)The 11th Annual Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar9:10am at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center, 1005 Nutmeg Ave (1.8 miles north of Kalona, IA and one mile east off Highway 1). $2 registration fee (10 and under free). Lunch available on site.

Morning speakers include:

• Dave Irvin (Iowa City, IA)—President of the East Central Iowa Beekeepers Association—"Beekeeping for Beginners." Everything you'll need to know about how to get started in this fascinating hobby.

• Linda & Robert Scarth (Cedar Rapids, IA)—Nationally recognized photographers and naturalists—"Restore It and They Will Come." Their photo-documentation of the first nesting Chimney Swifts to return to the 100-year-old Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts' Tower.

• Larry Dobson (Raymore, MO)—Vice President of the Missouri Bluebird Society and an award-winning bluebird photographer— "The Resurgence of the Eastern Bluebird."

Afternoon speaker:  

• Tim Millard (Lockridge, IA)—"Mentoring Purple Martins" Millard is one of Iowa's most successful martin landlords. He is constantly working to improve and protect his colony, and has helped many others get started, as well.

A panel of vetern landlords will answer questions, followed by door prizes and auction.

Well-maintained martin colonies bring joy to any neighborhood. Establish a colony now.

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October

 

November

 

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ARSP Calendar—2015

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January

 

February

 

March

03/12 (Th)XXXII Prairie Preview sponsored by Bur Oak Trustdoors open at 6:30pm at The Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE Iowa City, Iowa. Program begins at 7:30pm. More info:  319-338-7030; URL

Bring your family and friends to this free educational event to learn more about the importance of native prairie featuring Jim Kessler, Biology Professor, Iowa Valley Cpmmunity College - Grinnell. Following the presentation, enjoy the exhibits and refreshments provided by the Four Seasons Garden Club.

03/12 (Th)History for Lunch Althea Sherman and her Chimney Swifts' Tower with Barbara Boyle sponsored by State Historical Society of Iowanoon-1pm at the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, Iowa.

Photo: History for Lunch poster.

03/28 (Sa)The 10th Annual Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar9:10am at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center, 1005 Nutmeg Ave (1.8 miles north of Kalona, IA and one mile east off Highway 1). $2 registration fee (10 and under free). Lunch available on site.

Morning speakers include:

• Dave Irvin (Iowa City, IA)—President of the East Central Iowa Beekeepers Association—"Beekeeping for Beginners." Everything you'll need to know about how to get started in this fascinating hobby.

• Linda & Robert Scarth (Cedar Rapids, IA)—Nationally recognized photographers and naturalists—"Restore It and They Will Come." Their photo-documentation of the first nesting Chimney Swifts to return to the 100-year-old Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts' Tower.

• Larry Dobson (Raymore, MO)—Vice President of the Missouri Bluebird Society and an award-winning bluebird photographer— "The Resurgence of the Eastern Bluebird."

Afternoon speaker:  

• Tim Millard (Lockridge, IA)—"Mentoring Purple Martins" Millard is one of Iowa's most successful martin landlords. He is constantly working to improve and protect his colony, and has helped many others get started, as well.

A panel of vetern landlords will answer questions, followed by door prizes and auction.

Well-maintained martin colonies bring joy to any neighborhood. Establish a colony now.

April

 

May

 

June

 

July

 

August

 

September

 

October

 

November

 

December

 

ARSP Calendar—2013

month event
January

 

February

02/09 (Sa)Bald Eagle Watch and Expo10am to 3pm at Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Dr, Coralville, Iowa. This event is free to the public and will have two different locations going simultaneously. Expo exhibits and speakers will be at the Golf Club. Bald Eagle watchers will meet at the Coralville Dam Tailwater West Picnic Shelter.

March

03/07 (Th)Prairie Previewdoors open at 6:30pm at Parkview Evangelical Free Church, 15 Foster Rd, Iowa City, Iowa. Program begins at 7:30pm with Biology professor Thomas Rosburg, Drake University speaking on "How Prairies Work."

03/09 (Sa)The 8th Annual Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar9:10am at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center, 1005 Nutmeg Ave (1.8 miles north of Kalona, IA and one mile east off Highway 1). $2 registration fee (10 and under free). Morning speakers will focus on topics related to what you can do to assist wildlife in your yard, acreage, and farm. A Trees Forever representative will talk on tree selection, planting, and care. Lunch available on site.

Afternoon speaker:  Kelly Applegate, wildlife biologist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a founding member and director of the Minnesota Purple Martin Working Group. His work focuses on conservation of habitats and species through partnership building, education, and active restoration of ecosystems. Special projects at this time include Purple Martins, Common Terns, Chimney Swifts, and Red-headed Woodpeckers. His talk "Purple Martins: bringing them back" will give everyone insight as to what can be done to help conserve this species.

A panel of experts will answer questions, followed by door prizes and auction featuring a fully-reconditioned T-14 martin house with Troyer Tunnel entrances, nest trays, and new Troyer horizontal gourds attached—everything you need but the pole and winch!

Well-maintained martin colonies bring joy to any neighborhood. Establish a colony now.

April

 

May

05/04 (Sa)Garlic Mustard Pull9am at the Cedar County Historical Society's Bickett-Rate Memorial Preserve, 1285 Garfield Ave, Buchanan, Iowa. Directions:  From Interstate 80 take Exit 259 (West Liberty exit) and go north on County Road X40 (X40 joins F36 and crosses the Cedar River). Stay on X40 (turning left at the top of the hill) and proceed to Buchanan (a couple of miles). In Buchanan take the first left and follow the signs.

This is the site for the Sherman Chimney Swifts' Tower. If you haven't been in the Bickett-Rate woods, now would be a great opportunity to come out and help with protecting this woodland area. Chances are looking good that the wildflowers will be in bloom at this time!

05/10 (F)Friends of Hickory Hill Park Plant Sale4-7pm in the backyard at 1167 Jefferson St, Iowa City, Iowa. This is usually a great place to get nice, inexpensive plant material. If you want to make donations, call Joan Jehle at 319-338-5331.

05/11 (Sa)Friends of Hickory Hill Park Plant Sale10am-4pm in the backyard at 1167 Jefferson St, Iowa City, Iowa.

05/17 (F)Friends of Hickory Hill Park Plant Sale4-7pm in the backyard at 1167 Jefferson St, Iowa City, Iowa.

05/18 (Sa)Friends of Hickory Hill Park Plant Sale10am-4pm in the backyard at 1167 Jefferson St, Iowa City, Iowa

05/26/13 (Su)Plum Grove Open House—1-4pm at 1030 Carroll St (off Kirkwood Ave) Iowa City, Iowa.

Plum Grove was the retirement home for Iowa's first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas, and Friendly Lucas, his wife. The seven-room Greek Revival house was constructed of local red brick. The National Society of Colonial Dames of America furnished the home with authentic period pieces, representative of the 1844-53 period. The State Historical Society of Iowa owns and preserves the Plum Grove Historic Site which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Come see the newly finished hallway and enjoy free, open-house tours in conjunction with Irving B. Weber Days.

June

06/22 (Sa)3rd Annual Turkey Vulture Festival8am-noon at the East Overlook Picnic Area (east end of the dam on Coralville Lake). Sponsored by US Army Corps of Engineers and the Iowa City Bird Club.

Exhibitors include the sponsors; Iowa Ornithologist's Union; Iowa Young Birders; Iowa Audubon; Johnson County Conservation Board; and the Macbride Raptor Project. Activities include Bean Bag Toss; Corloing Pages; and other games.

July

 

August

 

September

09/08 (Su)Pelican Festival—1-4pm at Hawkeye Wildlife Area (DNR Headquarters), 2564 Amana Rd NW, Swisher, Iowa. Take the Hwy 965 exit if you are coming from the west on I-80. Hosts are:  the IA DNR, Corp of Army Engineers, IA Audubon, Iowa City Bird Club, and Cedar Rapids Audubon.

There will be booths of groups involved in conservation (including the Althea Sherman Project); merchandise to sell; activities for kids; etc. This is the third fall at this location. There will be programs on the American White Pelican, Owls, Hawks, Chimney Swifts, and Eastern Box Turtle.

09/27-28 (F-Sa)20th Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival— Zoe Lewis, Julie Goldman, Claudia Schmidt, Andrea Gibson, God-Des & She, Natalie Brown, Lojo Russo, Kimberli Maloy, Kim Char Meredith, Suzanne Vega, and more!! The Althea Sherman Project will have a booth. Check back for updates.

October

 

November

 

December

 

 

Photo: portrait of Althea R. Sherman

Althea Rosina Sherman

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Grafic: pen and ink drawing of Sherma’s Chimney Swifts’ Tower by William J. Wagner, AIA

Sherman’s Chimney Swifts' Tower

© William J. Wagner, FAIA (1965)