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Welcome AmeriCorps NCCC Team

By |June 11th, 2017|

Whiterock Conservancy is excited to have an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian  Community Corps) team is serving with us from May 23 through June 29.The team is performing native land restoration and infrastructure improvements.

The NCCC team of eight from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is assisting Whiterock Conservancy by conducting GPS scouting to […]

Songs of the Prairie

By |May 15th, 2017|

The chirping melody of grassland birds across prairies and pastures tells me that spring is here. Hearing these small voices throughout the grasslands is refreshing as these birds would not greet me without prairie remnants and pasture offering zones of refuge. For me, these songs were absent while growing up. Even though my neighbors had […]

Raccoon River Days May 26-29

By |April 17th, 2017|

Connect with your river this Memorial Day Weekend at the Raccoon River Days at Whiterock Conservancy sponsored by Des Moines Water Works. Water is the great equalizer that crosses all imposed boundaries. Rivers connect communities and also protect many of the remaining wildlife corridors throughout the state of Iowa.

The four day festival kicks off on […]

Growing a Prairie in the Shadow of an Agribusiness Legacy

By |April 4th, 2017|

The Garst and Wallace families played pivotal roles in developing farm innovations in the 20th Century and now work to put a lighter, 21st century stamp on the landscape. Read the story or listen to it at Iowa Public Radio.

 

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/growing-prairie-shadow-agribusiness-legacy

Flashes of color in a sea of brown

By |March 16th, 2017|

Spring was just around the corner this past Friday and then the storm clouds blew in and sent everyone searching for a roost. Staying home would have been warmer but the chance to scope out waterfowl heading through the region was too good an opportunity. Cool temperatures and a brisk wind made for perfect weather […]

An Interview with Dan Gudahl

By |March 2nd, 2017|

The Coon Rapids Enterprise published a good article on our new Executive Director, his background and what’s ahead. Follow the link to learn more about Dan Gudahl.

 

Spring waterfowl birding with the Carroll County Conservation Board and Whiterock Conservancy

By |March 1st, 2017|

Join Carroll County Conservation naturalist Matt Wetrich and Whiterock Conservancy land manager Rob Davis for some waterfowl viewing March 11th from 8am-12pm. Meet at the Swan Lake Conservation Education Center (22676 Swan Lake Trail, Carroll) for waterfowl viewing on Swan Lake, then head through the Dunbar Slough Wildlife Management Area, and then end near the […]

Iowa Farmer Today visits Garst Farmhouse

By |February 28th, 2017|

Iowa Farmer Today visited Whiterock Conservancy to feature the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Homestead Historic District in  a series about farms throughout the Midwest known for famous residents, innovations, renowned products and historic events. Read the whole article, entitled “Garst legacy included Soviet visit, seed sales innovations” today.

Interns find education and experience at Whiterock

By |February 7th, 2017|

Each year, Whiterock Conservancy hosts a number of interns with backgrounds ranging from biology to business. As a staff we believe in helping future generations become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our most recent intern, Jasmin, who worked over her January term reflects on here time at Whiterock:

“I would like to thank the entire staff at Whiterock […]

‘Great’ Fall Weather threat to our prairies and woodlands

By |January 23rd, 2017|

Another fall has come and gone as we now experience the intermittent polar vortex mid-January. We all check the weather regularly to see how many layers we need to put on to stay warm before venturing outside. But only two months ago we were still enjoying what to us what was great fall weather while […]