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 […]

‘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 […]

Cover Crop Meeting and Seminar

By |January 18th, 2017|

Learn more about cover crop selection, spring agronomy, cover crop pest management and more at a real world cover crop meeting on February 2. The meeting, to be held at Whiterock Conservancy, 1436 Highway 141, Coon Rapids, from 9AM-1PM includes three in person speakers, a webinar and a free lunch with the opportunity to ask […]

Two Volunteer Opportunities September 17-18

By |September 12th, 2016|

You have two great options to help Whiterock meet our mission this weekend. First, on Saturday we are looking for help in harvesting prairie seeds for use in later plantings. On Sunday we are looking for help in rerouting a small section of mountain bike trail to control erosion and make it more ride-able.

For both […]

Lend a Hand to the Land

By |July 20th, 2016|

Join five of Iowa’s Land Trusts for our third annual partnership volunteer event – this time at Whiterock Conservancy to restore a prairie area above Red Rock Bluff on Saturday, August 13.

From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., help remove invasive bush honeysuckle that competes with native species in this habitat overlooking the magnificent Middle Raccoon […]

The goats are here!

By |May 12th, 2016|

The goats have arrived! Check out the back country along the Main Loop Trail to sneak a peak at our newest savanna restoration team members. Goats will be moved between several paddocks over the course of the summer to browse bush honeysuckle and multiflora rose that have invaded an oak savanna restoration project area. Repeated […]

Life in the Raccoon River: Prairie Ecology and Farming Conference

By |February 16th, 2016|

The Raccoon River Watershed Association is hosting a conference March 5 at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, IA. It is free and anyone who is interested in learning more about the watershed is invited to attend. Whiterock Conservancy lies in the Raccoon River watershed and many of the topics relate to our work. You can […]

Prairie Week in Iowa!

By |September 15th, 2015|

Iowa Prairie Heritage Week gives Iowans a chance to celebrate the roots of our state from September 13-19. Once dominated by prairie and savanna, Iowa has very few remnant prairies and nearly no savanna left. The few remnants and reconstructed prairie scattered around the state gives us a chance to see this beautiful ecosystem. On […]