The Fundraising Committee for the Tama County Nature Center has been busy planning the annual spring fund-raiser for the facility. The event, to be held on Saturday evening, March 24, has become known for a fun evening offering a delicious buffet meal, interesting program and many diverse and beautiful offerings in the silent and open auctions.
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 "Bison Ecology- Restoring a Keystone Species to the Tallgrass Prairie" and will be presented by Peter Eyheralde.
Ron and Judy Dolash are donating this stoplight birdhouse to be a part of the offerings at the Tama County Nature Center Fun Nite auction on Saturday, March 24. It’s painted purple because it is especially designed as a purple martin birdhouse.
Eyerhalde has been involved in bison ranching in southern Iowa for the last 17 years and is currently a PhD student at Iowa State University, exploring the role of bison as seed dispersal agents in tallgrass prairies. He'll speak about the history of the animal in our state and how current land managers are using the bison to as a management tool on prairie reconstructions. "Pete is an interesting and passionate presenter" states Bob Etzel, Director for the Tama County Conservation Board. "He has several years experience as a Naturalist in the state. Folks will find his presentation informative and entertaining."
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", adds Etzel. "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 John Keenan 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 $74,000 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, Lana McCool, Bob Etzel, and John Keenan; TRAER/BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER, VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.