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Pesticides, People, and Pollinators (webinar)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Discussing pesticides with the public can be tricky, even for trained professionals. Master gardeners are on the front line, providing information directly to the public on a wide range of topics. In this webinar, pesticide specialists with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) will provide resources that master gardeners can use to navigate these conversations. We will discuss topics including protecting pollinators from pesticides, comparing organic and conventional pesticides, how to minimize exposures to pesticides, and how individual risk perception influences behavior. Join us for live Q&A after the presentation. 

To Register:

Event number: 921 552 205


For audio by phone:

+1-415-655-0002 (US Toll)

Access code: 921 552 205


Butterfly Gardening (Sioux City)

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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The public is invited to learn more about attracting butterflies and other pollinators to their yards by creating flower gardens. There will be an emphasis on using native wildflowers.

The speaker is Rod Tondreau, Biology Instructor at WITCC. 

There will be many educational displays, also.

Sponsored by a newly-forming chapter of Wild Ones, and promoted by the Iowa Native Plant Society and Woodbury County Conservation. Plant.Grow.Fly information will be provided.

For more info, contact: Dianne Blankenship at


Beekeeping and pollinators

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Come to Glenwood for a presenation by Chris Ruhaak and Eric Moen from Loess Hills Beekeeping Association will share their experience as a beekeepers, and provide a presentation and how home gardeners and acreage owners can help honey bees and other pollinators by creating a safe habitat for them to feed throughout the growing season. They will also touch on the subject of how honeybees and other pollinators are threatened in our environment, and the safe use of pesticides and some substitute deterrence for insect pests.



Moth-ers Day (Davenport)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00pm
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On Saturday, July 28, the Iowa State University-Scott County Extension Master Gardener program will join forces with the Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport, to present its 4th annual Moth-ers Day celebration. The family-oriented learning event will begin at 8 p.m. with an hour-long lecture.

Then participants will go outside to see what moths have been attracted to white sheets lighted by ultraviolet lights. The UV lighting will continue until midnight.


Pollinator Habitat (Burlington)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 5:15pm
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Randall Cass, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will be the event’s primary presenter and will discuss the benefits of prairie to native bees and pollinators. Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn more about guidelines for seeding establishments, tree and shrub benefits to pollinators, cost share opportunities and partner organizations in improving prairie habitat.

In addition, the workshop will include a tour of three established pollinator plantings in Des Moines County. Bus transportation to the plantings will be provided for the first 30 participants.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by July 20 to 319-753-6221 (Ext 3) or by email to Starr’s Cave Nature Center is located at 11627 Starr’s Cave Park Road, Burlington.

Sponsors of the workshop include ISU Extension and Outreach, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Des Moines County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Refreshments will be provided by Mediapolis Savings Bank and Farmers Savings Bank.


Monarch Fest (Des Moines)

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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The Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, monarch tagging and crafts and activities for the whole family. We will even have a Bug Parade, so dress the kids up in their favorite insect costume!

Join us at the Blank Park Zoo as we celebrate the monarch’s journey from Canada, through Iowa, to the mountains of Mexico!


Pollinator Field Day (Orange City)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
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Come to the monarch and pollinator field day on Aug. 21 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. The program will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and includes a field tour of the monarch and pollinator habitat planted at Prairie Ridge Care Center (1005 7th Street NE, Orange City, Iowa). It is designed for landowners and families who want to learn more about planting pollinator habitat.