Aldo Leopold Week: March 1-8
Free online programs

In the Sky: March 2024

Of special interest is the arrival of spring with sunrise straight in the east and sunset straight in the west. Also, Orion (the Hunter) and Sirius, the brightest star in the sky will be well-placed for viewing.

Twas the season when the vault
of heaven bends its most scorching
heat upon the earth, and Sirius
the Dog-star smitten by Hyperion's full
might pitilessly burns the panting fields
        - Statius, 1st century AD Roman poet

Enjoy... David Voigts, PRAS Board Member

Orion statue that tops a beautiful fountain in Messina, Sicily.

“Assessing How Signs Build Awareness of Iowa Creeks, Rivers, & Watersheds”

By Steve Hopkins, Nonpoint Source Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Tues, March 12th - 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church - 9th & Main Cedar Falls
Connect via Zoom to our virtual meetings. Meeting ID is 581 087 8571 and the passcode is 1999

Do you know the name of your local creek? Do you know where it flows? Do you know what watershed you live in?

A 2015 statewide survey of Iowans about water quality issues showed that many Iowans are not familiar with and, in some cases, do not even know the name of their local creek. Iowa DNR has worked with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) to install creek signs on federal and state highways as a way to raise awareness of creeks and their watersheds in areas where DNR was funding watershed projects to improve water quality.

 In an effort to expand the effort, in 2022 DNR created a small grant program for counties, called the “DNR County Creek Sign Grant Program”, to provide funding for the installation of creek, river, and watershed signs on county roads. Through the first round of the grant program, over 24 counties were awarded funding, and the new signs were installed on county roads in 2023.  In February of 2024 DNR launched a second round of the “County Creek Sign Grant Program”, with applications due on April 1, 2024.

This presentation will provide background information about the role of signs as part of education and outreach for watershed projects, will discuss feedback from watershed staff about the role of signs, and will show examples of creek, river, and watershed signs installed in Iowa.

24-3 Nature and Climate
Read PRAS Board Member Conservation Chair, David Voigts' column.

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The link provides the full concert video and online curriculum with activities, lessons, extra musical performances, composer interviews and educational games. 
This resource will remain active through June 2022 (for one year), so utilize it for your programs, personal edification working with your children or grandchildren to teach them about music and birds!

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