LOESS HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY Volume 45: No. 2, November/December 2018
Loess Hills Audubon Society meets on the first
Thursday of the month at the
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
4500 Sioux River Road (Highway
Sioux City, IA 51109
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Mission Statement–The Loess
Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, and to support ornithology, and to be an advocate
for wild areas and environmental issues.
By Dave Hoferer
I am sure you all know, 2018 has been the Year of the Bird. We have also remembered
celebrated) the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It is never too
late to contact your
representatives to urge them to support, renew, and strengthen that Act. As
Thomas Lovejoy, who has been called the
Godfather of Biodiversity, reportedly said, “If you take care of birds, you
take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.”
am particularly reminded of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s importance during
this fall migratory period. At least one
of our members has totaled over 200 species seen in our area this year,
including recent migrating Common and Pacific Loons. I have been heartened by
the arrival of
Red-breasted Nuthatches in my backyard.
No backyard sightings of Juncos yet, but they will be here soon. I’m
sure many of you have already seen them
visiting your backyard feeders. Given
the importance of birds no only in our hearts and minds, but in the ecology of
the world, I invite you to share your ideas for local bird and environmental
conservation with me and other members of the Board. We have a Conservation
Committee that engages
in these issues every year.
there are other ways to continue to enjoy the birds. Participate in our monthly
instance, and bring a friend. Our field
trips, led by Jerry Von Ehwegen, are open to people of all ages and skill
levels. Be the expert helping to
identify the elusive call in the distance or be the novice beginning to learn
to identify birds. Either way, you’ll be
able to visit local birding hotspots and engage in fellowship with others. Another
way to enjoy the birds is to come to
our monthly meetings held at 7:30 on the first Thursday of each month at the
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. In
November, Jordan Giese, a Ph D. student at Iowa State University, will share a
program titled “Prairie Strips and Birds.”
In December we will feature our annual presentation of bird photographs
taken by our members. Please come to our
chapter meetings and bring a friend. You
don’t need to be a member to attend.
this is the last newsletter for the calendar year, I want to close by wishing
everyone a wonderful holiday season and safe travels to wherever you may
roam! If you can, please join us for our
first meeting of 2019 on January 3rd.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY
Thursday, November 1—LHAS Monthly meeting. 7:30 pm. DPNC.
Prairie Strips and Birds. Jordon
Giese will present research by graduate students at Iowa State University.
Board meeting. 6:15 pm.
All are welcome to attend. BIRD
Saturday, November 10—Show and Go Outing. We will meet at the
Northwest corner of the Super Walmart parking lot on Singing Hills Blvd. At
7:30 am. An email will be sent shortly
before the 10th to advise you of the probable destination and lunch
plans. Our web site outings page
also be updated at that time. Contact
Jerry Von Ehwegen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-1546 for more information.
Thursday, December 6—LHAS Monthly meeting.
7:30 pm. DPNC.
Our annual sharing of bird pictures.
Bring a few of your favorites. A
computer to show them and an operator to organize them will be provided.
Bring a treat to share as well.
Board meeting 6:15 pm. All are welcome to attend.
December Outings will be our annual Christmas Bird Counts--
December 14—Ponca State Park.
Contact Bill Huser for details.
December 15—Sioux City.
Contact Jerry Probst for details.
Contact Bill & Dotty Zales. Meet at Zales tractor mailbox at 8
am. We will bird ½ day with lunch
compilation about 1:30 pm. Head
or stay later and bird.
January 5—Ida Grove.
Contact Don Pogensee for details.
PECAUT NATURE CENTER
Exit 151 I-29, Take State Road 12 North for 4
miles to the Nature Center. To register
for events or for more information call 712-258-0838 Or check our website –
13—Nature Tales 10:00 am. DPNC.
Pre-schoolers, join us with an adult for this
special story time about Turkeys. We’ll
hike too, weather permitting. Please
pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email email@example.com.
17—DNA Extraction Activity. 1:00-4:00 pm. DPNC.
Join Ashley Collins, Western Iowa Coordinator of the Science Booster
Clubs today for a fun hand-on activity demonstration. Participants have the opportunity to extract
DNA from fruit using simple household ingredients, so you will see and touch
DNA! She will be at the Nature Center
throughout the afternoon to share this quick and fun demonstration.
8—Winter Fun Day and Artist Open House. 10:00 am – 3:00
pm. DPNC. Join us for a fun day of winter
activities. We plan to have recycled
materials crafts for you to create for holiday gifts if you choose.
We’ll also have snowshoeing or hiking and
other fun indoor and outdoor activities.
Dress appropriately and join us for some family fun! Free!
Area artists will also have their artwork on display and available to
purchase. For more information or
a vendor contact us at 712-258-0838.
11—Nature Tales. 10:00 am.
Pre-schoolers, join us with an adult for this special story time about
Deer. We’ll hike too, weather
permitting. Please pre-register
calling 712-258-0838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
13—Images Beneath our Feet:
Archaeological Discoveries on Highway 20.
6:30 pm. DPNC.
Megan Stroh Messerole, Archaeologist from the
Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee will present about the 2014
archaeological exploration of the project area near Correctionville where U.S.
Highway 20 would be expanded. During
survey, archaeologists identified two important ceremonial sites that go back
more than 1000 years ago. These
have geoglyphs underneath the top soil.
Geoglyphs are large designs formed on or in the ground. The designs that are displayed at these two
sites include images of bison, stickmen, or dragonflies, turtles, and a
thunderbird. These sites are unique
because few others have been identifies in the Midwest.
20—Winter Solstice Snowshoe or Hike. 3:00 pm. DPNC.
Take a walk or snowshoe in the woods on one of the shortest days of the
year. If snow amounts are greater
inches, we will strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails.
If the snow amounts are less than that, we
will still go for a hike to celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice.
Dress for the weather and in layers.
Wear comfortable hiking or snow boots with
good ankle support. Call 712-258-0838
reserve a pair of snowshoes. Limited
numbers are available.
HOMESTEAD AND NATURE PRESERVE
Adams Homestead and
Nature Preserve is located 1 mile west and ½ mile south of I-29,. Exit 4 in
South Dakota. For information and
pre-registration, call (605) 232-0873 or e-mail email@example.com
Friday, November 16—Little Naturalist
Program. 10:00 am The Little Naturalist program is for toddlers ages
2-4 years old and their parent or guardian.
Kids learn about the outdoors through games, crafts, activities, and
Saturday, November 10—Christmas
at the Homestead. 12:00 – 4:00
pm. Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve would
like to invite their visitors to get in the holiday spirit and take a step back
in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead celebration.
This free family event allows participants to tour the Stavenger Church,
Shay/Adams House and Lamont Country School decorated for the Christmas
season. Adams Homestead volunteers
be showing off their talents in each of the homestead buildings.
Visitors will also get to enjoy refreshments
in the Visitor Center, make children’s crafts in the Lamont Country School and
hear Christmas music at the Stavenger Lutheran church throughout the day.
Vendors will be displaying their talents and
merchandise for all visitors to see and purchase. Take time to shop for Christmas while
enjoying homemade goodies and the warmth of the fireplace. Santa Claus will also make an appearance in
the Visitor Center and will be hanging out by the fireplace taking pictures
with kids of all ages. For more
information or if you are interested in being a vendor, please call Adams
Homestead and Nature Preserve at 605-232-0873.
COUNTY PARKS Hillview Park is located west of Hinton,
Iowa at 25601 C60. For information and registration call
Victoria at 712-947-4270 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
us on Facebook at Plymouth County
Conservation or our website at plymouthcountyparks.com
Naturalists—November 17: Fall Mixed
Up. December 15: Tree-rific Trees!
Knee High Naturalists
is a program for 2-5 year old children and their caretakers. Each
program is held at Hillview Park in the
Center for Outdoor Learning at 10:00 am.
Cost is $3 per child. Please
register by the day prior to the program.
Outdoor activities will be modified if weather conditions are not
favorable. Please dress appropriately
for the weather.
28—Winter Day Camp I. 9:00 am – 4:00
Looking for something for the kids to do on winter bread? Send them to camp!
We will spend the day playing and learning
outside. There are a limited numbe5r
spaces available for this camp so sign up early. We will be providing lunch and snacks. Cost is $20.00.
Tubing Hill at Hillview
will be open December – February. Public hours are
1-5 pm on Saturdays,
Sundays, and New Years Day. Reservations
can be made for private groups beginning November 1. Private groups can rent the hill during the
week for a two hour time frame.
Jerry Von Ehwegen
Bob & Phyllis N. Rex &
Maria R., Bill & Dotty Z., Anne S.,
Jerry P., Chuck J., Donna P., Jan N., and Jerry V., participated in our
September outing. It was a warm morning
under clear skies with a light breeze and warmed to the upper 80’s later in the
made stops at New Lake, Snyder’s
Bend, Sandhill Lake, and Owego before lunch at B&R’s Pizza Post in Sloan. The menu included varied choices from pizza
to cod and we enjoyed our lunch while watching ISU battle Oklahoma on a nice
wide TV screen. We topped off our lunch
with delicious Swirl soft ice cream cones or dishes before we headed home.
recorded at total of
50 species for the day. We walked
trail at Snyder’s Bend to the overlook and while resting on the benches we had
a nice surprise as 6 Caspian Terns flew slowly by occasionally diving head
first into the water to snatch a minnow.
Other highlights included: Great
Egret, American Pipit, Black Terns, Cooper’s Hawk, and Merlin. The entire species listing can be found on
the Outings Highlights Page on our web site at:
http://lhas.tripod.com/ Thanks to all who participated.
Bob & Phyllis N., Gary H., Randy W., Jeanette H., Pat J., Linda S.,
John & Sharon P., Paul R., Jan N., and Jerry V., participated in our
October Outing. It was a cool, breezy
morning with a beginning temp of 37 degrees that warmed up later to 51. We made stops at Brower’s Lake, New Lake,
Snyder’s Bend, Luton Wildlife Area North, Owego Wetlands, Southwood
Conservation Area, and related areas. We
then went to the Polifka’s home just east of Smithland for a delicious lunch
featuring tasty pizza, pumpkin cheese cake and many other goodies! Their good habitat and bird feeders also
produced 2 species for our list (Pine Siskin and Yellow-rumped Warbler).
recorded a total of
54 species for the day. Other highlights
included: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin,
Northern Harrier, and Cooper’s Hawk.
Even though the brisk wind kept most of the Sparrows hunkered down, we
did manage to find 10 species of Sparrows.
The entire species listing can be found on the Outings Highlights Page
on our web site at: http://lhas.tripod.com/. Thanks to all
who participated and a special
thanks to the Polifkas for the delicious lunch and great hospitality at their
food will be
delivered to DPNC on Thursday, November 1 from Bomgaars and The Feed Shed at an
undetermined time until that day. Watch
for an email from LHAS that morning. We
can always use help unloading and organizing the bags for pick-up. Pick up your order then or at 7 pm before the
meeting. We have ordered a few extra 40#
bags of black oil sunflower seeds in case you want more or forgot to
for supporting LHAS thru
this fundraiser. We are grateful for
your order and we’re happy to accept monetary donations.
MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT PROCEDURE
Renewals, send your dues to:
National Audubon Society, PO Box 97194, Washington, DC 20090-7194. Be sure to put
on the check which should be
made out to National Audubon Society, our chapter identification H52. For new memberships, send them to me with a check made out to
National Audubon Society and the H52 identification.
The renewal memberships begin at $20 and the
new memberships are $25. Anything above
the $20 is, of course, much appreciated.
have any questions, please contact
me at 712-274-1979 or email@example.com.
Hills Audubon Society
year membership $25
payable to National Audubon Society and send to:
Donna Popp, 630
Surrey Lane, Sioux City, IA 51106