This year’s event promises to be another fun evening for county residents. The evening will include a wonderful dining event served by “My Mother’s Place” including an “all you can eat” buffet which will include two meats, vegetable, salads, homemade rolls and beverage. No one will go away hungry.
This year’s program is entitled “Return of a Native: Population and Landscape Ecology of Bobcats in Iowa” and will be presented by Iowa State University Professor, Dr. William Clark.
Dr. Clark has conducted research on bobcats in Iowa since 2003 and has learned much about the cat’s behavior, distribution and abundance. Since 2006 the study has placed emphasis on investigating parental relationships of bobcats in relation to habitat, studying genetic similarity to other bobcat populations in the Midwest, and trying to predict population spread in the state.
Following the program will be the open and silent auctions. As in past years an important component to the success of the evening will come from generous supporters and talented persons from across the county. “We have been very fortunate to have so many residents interested in the Nature Center project”, comments Bob Etzel, Director for the County Conservation Board. “It is exciting to see people share their talent and resources to make the Nature Center a success. The Fundraising Committee and the Conservation Board are very grateful for this support.”
The committee is asking anyone in the county with a special talent to consider sharing their talent to benefit the Nature Center. “We have had all kinds of neat items donated to the silent and open auctions in the past,” comments Ginny Elliott of Tama. “Kolaches, wood working, bird houses, pies, jewelry, quilts, dried flower arrangements, photography..... have all been donated by talented Tama Countians. If anyone would like to donate something for the auction please let one of the fundraising committee members know or give Bob a call at (641) 484-2231.”
The spring fund-raiser has been successful in raising over $70,000 to date and funds environmental education programming as well as ongoing construction of the nature center at Otter Creek Lake and Park.
Since a dinner is being served advanced ticket sales are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bob at the Nature Center office at (641) 484-2231 or evenings at home at (641) 484-5764 or by contacting any of the fundraising committee or conservation board members. Those members are: Dysart: Cathy Wieck; Gladbrook-Garwin-Lincoln area: Kay Lowry, Kory Staff, Nathan Wrage; South Tama area: Gene Anderson, George Corum, Ginny Elliott, Bob Etzel, Roger Benda and John Keenan; Traer-Buckingham area: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; Chelsea-Clutier-Vining-Elberon: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.