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 learn more at


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Steve Roe, President–RRWA

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Dr. Thomas Rosburg (Drake U.)—Lessons Learned after 30 years of Prairie Research

10:25 – 10:55 a.m. Aaron Menick, Leah Robison, (Drake U.): Milkweed at Dunbar Slough

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Gabrielle Brodeck—BMI (insects) Research in the Raccoon River

11:30 – 1: 00 lunch – please make reservations

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Dr. Lisa Schulte-Moore (ISU)–Prairie Strips on the Farm

2:10 – 3:05 p.m. Panel of RRWA Agriculture Advisors: Jim Caligiuri, Craig Fleishman, Jerry Peckumn, and Francis Thicke

3:15 – 3:40 p.m. Ty Smedes—Migrating Spring Birds of the Raccoon Watershed

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Dr. Lee Searles—Raccoon River Phenology