LOESS HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY Volume 43: No. 5, May-August 2017
The Loess Hills Audubon Society meets
on the first Thursday of the month at the
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
4500 Sioux River Road (Highway 12 North)
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
By John Polifka
It seems consistent with the mission of the Audubon Society to pay
tribute to national leaders who have been instrumental in protecting the environment, regardless of the political philosophy
of those leaders.
The setting was Yosemite in 1903.
President Theodore Roosevelt ditched his Secret Service detail to go camping with naturalist John Muir. The outcome of this meeting was Roosevelt’s creation of eighteen national monuments, five national
parks, and one hundred fifty national forests—the sum total representing a conservation of 230 million acres.
In his spring of 2016 visit to Yosemite, President Obama probably
wasn’t as successful in ditching his Secret Service detail as was Roosevelt. But
his visit was no less momentous. Obama designated 87,000 acres in central Maine
as a new national monument and later added about 300 million acres in Hawaii to become the largest ecological preserve on
the planet. Historian Douglas Brinkley dubbed Obama the twenty-first century
The current political sentiment seems to be in favor of wresting
land away from federal protection. For example, legislation was recently introduced
to undermine the Antiquities Act, the legislation which was signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and which enabled
Obama to designate the land in Maine as a national monument. It is worth noting
that during Obama’s first term, he used the Antiquities Act sparingly and under the belief that parks were a bipartisan
concern. The Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents from Theodore Roosevelt
to Obama to designate national monuments.
Roosevelt was quoted as saying the following after his camping trip
with Muir: “We are not building this country of ours for a day. It is to last through the ages.” There was a certain
prescience in Roosevelt’s comment. The imperative of protecting the environment
for future generations is more critical now than ever. And it should be apolitical,
as exemplified by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Obama.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
LOESS HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY
Thursday, May 4—LHAS monthly meeting
7:30 pm. DPNC Election of
Officers. Program: Madagascar, Part
2. Paul Roisen will continue his adventure in Madagascar that he began at the
February meeting. Executive board meeting 6:15 pm. All are invited to attend.
May 5-7—IOU Spring Meeting Chariton,
IA. In conjunction with Lucas County Birding Festival.
Saturday, May 13—Our May Outing will be our annual Birdathon. See details elsewhere in this newsletter or go to the Birdathon Page of our web site. May is one of the best birding months of the year so plan to join us.
Saturday, June 10—Show & Go Outing
We will meet at the Northwest corner of the Super Walmart parking lot on Singing Hills Blvd. At 7:30 am. Current plans are to bird some of our local areas to the southeast of Sioux City. Probably destinations include Owego, Fowler Forest Preserve, and Southwood Conservation area among others. The Polifkas live just east of Smithland and have invited us there for lunch so we
will break for some good food and fellowship around noon. Contact Jerry Von Ehwegen
at: email@example.com or 276-1546
for more information.
Saturday, July 8—Show & Go Outing
We will meet at the Northwest corner of the Super Walmart parking lot at Singing Hills Blvd. At 7:30 am. An email will be sent shortly before the 8th to advise you of the probable destination and lunch
plans. Our web site outings page will also be updated at that time. Contact Jerry Von Ehwegen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-1546
for more information.
Saturday, August 19—Show & 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 19th to advise you of the probable destination and
lunch plans. Our web site outings page will also be updated at that time. Contact Jerry Von Ehwegen at: email@example.com or 276-1546
for more information.
DOROTHY 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 – www.woodburyparks.org
Monday, May 1—Woodbury County Conservation Board Campgrounds open for the Season. Camping is first-come, first-served. See
more at http://woodburyparks.org/camping/.
Friday, May 5—On Golden Pond A projects
of HOPE special benefit for the Nature Center at LAMB Arts Regional Theatre. 7:30
pm show time. Doors open at 7. Tickets
only $10 each. Purchase online at: http://woodburyparks.org/ or call 712-258-0838 to reserve your seats. LAMB is at 417 Market St.
May 5-7—Camping kickoff weekend. Camp
at Snyder Bend Park, Little Sioux Park, Bigelow Park, or Southwood Conservation Area this weekend and earn a free camping
pass for a night of camping later in the season.
Thursday, May 11—Live Animal Lunchtime 4:30 pm.
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Come and watch our live animals eat. Learn about their habitat needs and adaptations.
Saturday, May 20—Honeybees in Iowa 10:00
am. DPNC. The 2017 Iowa Honey Queen,
Carly Raye Vannoy, will be sharing about honeybees, honey, beekeeping, and beyond during her presentation. Participants will learn about the superorganism of honeybees, how bees make mummies, the strange use of
beehives in medieval Europe, the color of mystery honey, and so much more! Come
find out why we want to save the bees, and how we can make that happen!
June 2-4—Loess Hills Prairie Seminar. Loess
Hills Wildlife Management Area, Northeast of Onawa, IA. For more information
visit the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar web site.
Thursday, June 8—Live Animal Lunchtime 4:30 pm
DPNC. Come and watch our live animals eat and learn about their habitat
needs and adaptions. Free! Open
until 7 pm Thursdays during June & July.
Friday, June 9—Evening Campfire DPNC 7:00 pm.
Join the Summer Naturalists and kick off a great summer of activities while we enjoy time around the campfire—complete
with S’Mores. Free!
Saturday, June 10—Iowa Mammals 6:30
pm. Snyder Bend Park, 3 miles SW of Salix.
Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter by the boat ramp to learn about our native Iowa mammals. Free!
Tuesday, June 13—Nature Tales 10:00
am. DPNC Pre-schoolers, join us
with an adult for this special story time. We’ll hike, too. Please pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 17—Pheasants Forever Fishing Derby for Youth 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Little Sioux Park. Youth up to age 18 are invited. Under age 16 must be accompanied
by an adult with a valid fishing license. Meet at the shelter by the beach. For more information call 712-277-2263.
Saturdays, June 17 & 24—Nature Hike 1:30
pm. DPNC. Take a guided hike on the nature center trails
Saturday, June 17—Digital Photography 10:00
am – noon DPNC Bring your own camera and be prepared to go into the field
to learn some basic digital photography techniques. Please pre-register with
Resource Naturalist Tyler Flammang at email@example.com
Saturday, June 24—Camouflage Critters 6:30
pm Southwood Conservation Area. Meet at the parking lot near the ponds for a
program about animals and camouflage. Free!
Thursday, June 29—Make a Paracord Dog Leash/Part One
6:00-8:00 pm. DPNC. Create
a handmade leash for your dog. This is Part One of the two-part course. Cost is $15.00/leash. All supplies
provided. Pre-registration is required.
Limit of 10 participants. Contact Tyler Flammang at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 712-258-0838 to register.
Saturday, July 1—Play in the Park 9:00
am – 1:00 pm Little Sioux Park. There
will be various activities set up through the park that may include: archery,
water games, hikes, and live animal programs. Free!
Thursday, July 6—Make a Paracord Dog Leash/Part Two.
6:00-8:00 pm. DPNC. See above June 29
Saturday, July 8—Nature Hike 1:30 pm DPNC.
Hike the nature center trails with a Summer Naturalist.
Saturday, July 8—Reptiles 6:30 pm. Bigelow
Park, Brown’s Lake. Meet a naturalist at the playground.
Tuesday, July 11—Nature Tales 10:00
am. DPNC Pre-schoolers, join us with an adult for this special story time at
the Nature Playscape. Please pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email Theresa
Thursday, July 13—Live Animal Lunchtime 4:30 pm DPNC.
Watch our live animals eat.
Thursday, July 20—Map & Compass 6:00-8:00
pm. DPNC. Learn some basic orienterring
skills using a map and compass. Bring your own compass if you have one.
Saturday, July 22—Nature Hike 1:30 pm. DPNC Hike with a naturalist on the nature center trails.
Saturday, July 22—All About Birds 6:30
pm. Snyder Bend Park. Meet at the
open shelter by the boat ramp to learn about birds and tips on how to identify them.
Bring binoculars if you have them.
Thursday, July 27—Meet the Animals 1:30-3:30
pm DPNC You can view the live animals up close.
Saturday, July 29—Canoeing & Water Safety
5:00-9:00 pm Little Sioux Park. Meet at the beach area.
Learn water safety & canoeing
basics and then practice your skills on the lake. All equipment provided. Pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email@example.com
August 2-6—Woodbury County Fair. Thursday,
August 6—Reptiles at the Fair 3:00 pm Old Town
Tuesday, August 8—Nature Tales 10:00
am DPNC. Pre-schoolers with an adult story time.
Thursday, August 10—Live Animal Lunchtime 4:30
pm DPNC. Watch the animals eat
Friday, August 11—Evening Campfire 7:00
pm. DPNC. Enjoy time around the campfire with S’Mores
Thursday, August 24—Sunset Photography 7:00-9:00 pm DPNC Bring your camera, tripod, and shutter release to capture the setting sun.
Pre-registration required. Limit of 20 people. Contact Resource Naturalist Tyler Flammang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADAMS 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
Saturday, May 20–2017
Donkey Dash 5K Fun Run 10:00 am. Join
us for this annual event that raises funds for Sonny’s Acres. Sonny’s
acres is a live animal working form on the homestead site. This event is fun
for all ages! Registration is required and forms are available now. Register by Thursday, May 11 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Same
day registration starts at 9:00 am the day of the run. Run starts at 10:00 am. Please call 605-232-0873 for a registration form.
Saturday, August 12—Adams
Homestead Celebration 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
On August 14, 1997, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve officially opened as a state park. We mark this very special occasion by having an annual festival on or around this day. This year we will be celebrating 20 years! There are many
new and exciting activities that are scheduled throughout the day. Some of the
activities include threshing machine demonstration, corn shelling, candle making, tin punching, homestead tours, rope making,
musicians, watermelon seed spitting contest, buffalo chip throwing contest.
PLYMOUTH 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
Knee High Naturalists. June 17—Insectigations. July 15—Wild About Flowers. August 12—Mud, Mud, Mud. Knee High
Naturalists is a program for children 2-8 years old with an adult. Each program
is held at the Center for Outdoor Learning in Hillview Park at 10:00 am. Cost
is $3 per child and pre-registration is required. Come prepared to be outdoors.
June 7—Hinton Hillview Park. June 14—Kingsley Southeast Wildwood. June 21—Akron River’s Bend Wildlife Area.
All events 6:00-7:30 pm. Come join our naturalist and learn how to paddle
a canoe and/or kayak. Please call to pre-register at 712-947-4270. This is a free event!!
Have Nature, Will Travel. Nature is all around. You don’t have to go far to find
it. Join us at a park in your community and explore nature in your neighborhood. This is a FREE program for preschool to upper elementary kids. July 5, 1:00-2:30 pm Cleveland Park, LeMars. July 6, 10:00-11:30 am, Kingsley City Park, Kingsley
and 1:00-2:30 pm Beck Park, Remsen. July 7, 10:00-11:30 am, Akron City Park,
Akron and 1:00-2:30 pm, Michael’s Miracle Park, Hinton.
Summer Camps—run from June 6 thru August
10 on various dates, schedules, and age groups. Check the web site for more information
and to register.
By Jerry Von Ehwegen
Saturday, 18 March 2017. 18 people traveled to the Gavin’s
Point Dam area to participate in our March outing. Those participating included
Bob & Phyllis N., Chuck J., Donna P., John & Sharon P., Bill & Dotty Z., Carol B., Anne & Gary S., Roger D.,
Sharon D., Richard & Marjorie R., Randy W., Jan N., and Jerry V. Part of
our group departed Sioux City at 7:30 and found the rest of the group gathered at the north end of Lake Yankton below the
dam. Those who drove up were treated to multiple flocks of migrating Snow Geese
whose bright white colors glistened brightly against the clouds as they headed north.
It was a cold, mostly clear morning with a temp of 30 degrees and remained in the low 30’s the rest of the morning
before warming up to 55 degrees after lunch. A light breeze kept our warm gear
on as we observed the large numbers of waterfowl on the lake.
Large numbers of ducks were seen on the lake and we were able to identify all the common
duck species that migrate through our area each year. Ring-necked Ducks seemed
to be the most numerous species. A stop on the dam showed us more ducks close
to shore and a huge flock of Snow Geese farther out on the big water. One birder
located 3 Long-tailed Ducks but we were unable to relocate them again in the dense flocks along the shore. We found 19 species of Ducks and 3 species of Geese plus American Coots.
It was fun to watch the Common Goldeneyes and Buffleheads performing their mating display antics. Bald Eagles and a Great Horned Owl were occupying nests and were seen by some. We recorded a total of 54 species for the day which happened to be the exact same total as last year, but
several of the species were different.
We broke for lunch at Chuck & Donna’s cabin and were treated to some very delicious
goodies including 3 kinds of soup, several species of cookies, two flavors of ice cream with choices of toppings, sandwich
choices, chips, veggies, and the like. Thanks to all who participated and especially
to Chuck and Donna for hosting us and to all others who contributed to the feast. The
entire species listing can be found on the Outings Highlights Page on our web site at:
Saturday, 22 April 2017 Bob & Phyllis N., Dotty Z., Jerry
P., Bob L., Carol B., and Jerry V., participated in our April outing. It was
a mostly clear, calm morning at 42 degrees and warmed to the upper 60’s later in the day with clear skies and continued
calm conditions. Our first stop was the Owego Wetlands to look for the Eurasian
Wigeon (a rare visitor to interior North America) which was found there the preceding Monday and was present all week including
Friday, but we were unable to relocate it. We did observe nesting Great Horned
Owls and Bald Eagles. A trip to Table Marsh produced an amazingly close up view
of a very patient Great-tailed Grackle right out our car windows. He serenaded
us with a few of his loud clack calls which may have been directed toward the two females perched nearby. After a nice lunch at the subway in Sloan, a stop at the Osprey nest nearby found a pair of nesting Osprey. At Sandhill Lake we found two Spotted Sandpipers and additional stops were made at
Snyder’s Bend and New Lake. One of the Osprey platforms at Brown’s
Lake also had nesting Osprey.
Other highlights included Northern Mockingbird, American Golden-plovers, and Wilson’s
Snipe. We recorded a total of 65 species for the day. The entire species listing can be found on the Outings Highlights Page of our web site at: http://lhas.tripod.com/. Thanks to all who participated. It was
a beautiful day for birding!
Saturday, May 13th is the day of Birdathon! This
is one of our important fundraising events. This is a good date because some
of our winter birds are still here and many of our summer birds have just arrived, providing a great overlap of species.
Come and be a part of a team or make up your own team.
Old timers welcome and teach beginning birders. Some teams are singles
who watch their feeders or neighborhoods. Sometimes a rare bird is spotted at
a feeder. Some go out a few hours, some go all day, some start pre-dawn and go
until after dark. Some people donate a lump sum dollar amount, some people give
a certain amount for each species of bird that is spotted that day. At the May
4th meeting, I will have a sign-up sheet, a donation sheet, and species lists.
Please join and list the species you see. Then
report your observed list to me. We do not need the number of each species this
time. If you want to become part of a team or have questions about Birdathon
this year, please contact me at: email@example.com or
712-274-1979 or 712-251-5535.
MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT PROCEDURE
By Donna Popp
After a long conversation
with National Audubon Society, I think I understand the new procedures for membership.
For 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. This has been a difficult transition and I hope that National has this straightened out. I know that many members whose memberships were to have expired in the fall of 2016 are still on the roster.
If you have any
questions, please contact me at 712-274-1979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loess Hills Audubon Society
1 year membership $25
payable to National Audubon Society and send to:
Donna Popp, 630 Surrey Lane, Sioux City,