Whiterock Conservancy Blog

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Give Green – Holiday Gift Catalog

The holidays, or anytime, really is the perfect opportunity to show how much you care by giving a gift that brings people together and creates memories. GIVE AN EXPERIENCE Gift Certificates can be purchased for specific activities or for a specific dollar amount by contacting the friendly guest services staff at 712-790-8221 or guestinfo@whiterockconservancy.org. Click here to see  a few [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

National Service Enterprise Certification

Whiterock Conservancy was recently certified as Service Enterprise organization! A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15% of organizations nationwide are characterized as Service Enterprises.   “Because of our large land base, Whiterock Conservancy constantly has opportunities to creatively approach conservation and agricultural issues [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet Penny Perkins – Conservation Lands Director

I’m excited to be a part of the Whiterock Conservancy where native ecological systems, family friendly outdoor recreation, and sustainable agriculture merge with a team of enthusiastic people. My passion for ecological rehabilitation and restoration began in 1993. I was a volunteer with the Illinois Nature Conservancy rehabilitating native tall-grass prairies, hill prairies, oak-hickory savannas, and Illinois River floodplain biological [...]

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bees and Burns

This summer at Whiterock Conservancy I have been conducting a study on bee populations to assess effects of the timing of prescribed burns on the bee community. Bees are important pollinators for many flowering species in the prairies and savannas of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. This study will give us a greater understanding on how land management activities affect [...]

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: Conservation|0 Comments

Burn or Browse? Coaxing Grass from Shrubs in Savannas

A savanna landscape is a mix of trees, native grasses and flowering plants where more than 70% of sunshine reaches the grassy layer. To keep the canopy open enough for these  ground plants and young oaks to grow takes both burning and browsing—with a little grazing too. Herbivores historically roamed Iowa freely and used rivers for a water source. These [...]

By |August 12th, 2018|Categories: Conservation|0 Comments