May update

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There’s no denying that “spring has sprung” now!  We have heard from folks who purchased plants from us last year that they’re coming in very well (of course they did – they can handle our crazy weather!).

See below for a reminder of our program at Fowler Forest on Saturday, and more information on our August events.

May 12
Join us at 10 a.m. on May 12 at the Fowler Forest Preserve to celebrate Iowa Wildflower Month. Member Dawn Snyder (and Woodbury County Conservation Education Programs Director) will show us the diversity of woodland wildflowers in their natural habitat. Fowler Forest is known for its display of spring ephemerals. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring a lunch and join us for a picnic following the walk!Fowler Forest is 1/2 mile west of Smithland on Hwy 141. This walk is sponsored by Woodbury County Conservation, Loess Hills Wild Ones, and the Iowa Native Plant Society. For more information, please call 712-258-0838. Visit the Woodbury County Parks page for a map of the preserve.

June 1-3
The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar‘s outdoor sessions at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area northeast of Onawa, offered on Saturday and on Sunday morning, allow participants to see many native plants in both prairie and woodland. Evening programs at West Monona High School in Onawa on Friday and Saturday feature speakers on a wide range of topics related to natural history. LHWO will likely have an exhibit at the high school.

June 9
If you ordered plants, don’t forget to pick them up!  We’ll send the times and location directly to you.

July 7
Road trip! Join LHWO on a field trip to tour member Becky Leach?s gardens in Aurelia and visit The Prairie Flower, a native plant nursery near Spencer. Carpooling will be organized a week before the tour, so let us know by June 30 if you?d like to ride along. Lunch (at The Prairie Flower) needs to be reserved by June 30, too. Cost for lunch is $10 each for members (and their spouses) and $15 for non-members.

Becky has been adding natives to her landscape for 14 years. Her front yard faces due south and gets ferocious winds; the only plants truly thriving are natives.

Just west of Spencer is The Prairie Flower, a native seed and plant nursery and dealer, owned by Bev and Dwight Rutter. They provide local ecotype native prairie and wetland plants and seeds, as well as native cultivar seed, and pasture and hay seed. Their services include tree planting, seeding, ecological consulting and planning, providing tours of their plantings and natural areas, and hosting events in addition to a bed and breakfast.

The Prairie Flower is situated on a square mile along the Little Sioux River. Don?t worry about the having to walk it all; we will be taken around it on a large wagon. We’ll enjoy Bev’s home cooking indoors.

Tentatively, we will start the day 8:30 a.m. and return to Sioux City by 5 pm. Further details will be shared as they are known.

August 18
Members: Save the date for the annual meeting!  This year it will be done via webinar, but we’ll meet at Dianne’s to tune in together.  Not sure what time yet, but we’ll let you know.

August 26
Members Mary Siepker, Loyanne Jensen, and Kris Snavely will share their experiences and knowledge in rearing and nurturing monarchs. We?ll meet at Adams Homestead (272 Westshore Dr, McCook Lake, SD).  We may even release a monarch!

Membership shows you appreciate these programs and helps us pay our expenses. Join for just $40 a year! Please become a member of Loess Hills Wild Ones today!

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