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Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens

Registration and the schedule for the 9th annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens on March 25th 2017 and other activities is now online:

If you are unfamiliar with DOI, the day is filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts covering a range of insect related topics. From beginners to seasoned veterans, DOI has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects.

Again this year for individuals that are in town early the night before we will have an opening reception. Come be casual, enjoy dinner, get to know other insect enthusiasts, there?s more of us than you think. Anyone attending DOI can sign up to attend the reception and there will be some slots made available for individuals unable to attend DOI so they can participate as well. Registration for the reception can be completed on the link listed above as well. The reception will include a keynote by Bob Merz of the St. Louis Zoo titled, "Undertaking Conservation - An Effort to Save the Endangered American Burying Beetle"

New this year we will be offering four different workshops on Friday afternoon on invertebrate related topics for those interested in attending. These workshops are offered in two different time blocks so you will need to decide which topics you are most interested in. Individuals can participate in the workshops regardless if they are attending any of the other DOI activities.

WORKSHOPS (Friday, March 24)

12:45-2:45 p.m. - "Rearing Insects: First You Have to Try; How to do it Wrong, How to do it Right (with a Good Dose of Luck!)" presented by MJ Hatfield, Oneota Biological Field Station & Anita Westphal, Reiman Gardens

12:45-2:45 p.m. - "Metamorphosis: Pixels to Prints" presented by Linda & Robert Scarth

3:00-5:00 p.m. - "Arachnids Among Us: Spiders & Harvestmen" presented by Eileen Miller & Lloyd Crim

3:00-5:00 p.m. - "The Inside Out of BugGuide" presented by John VanDyk, Iowa State University

OPENING RECEPTION - (Friday, March 24)

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner, Keynote presentation and behind the scenes Reiman Gardens entomology tour.

Keynote: "Undertaking Conservation - An effort to Save the Endangered American Burying Beetle," presented by Bob Merz of the St. Louis Zoo.

2017 PRESENTATIONS (Saturday, March 25)

9:10-9:30 a.m. - "Citizen Science - My Pebble in the Pond" presented by Dan Mays

9:30-9:50 a.m. - "Light Up the Night! - National Moth Week: Tips from Five Years of Events" presented by Moni Hayne

9:50-10:10 a.m. - "In Search of Nature's Undertakers" presented by Chris Smith, Minnesota DOT

10:10-10:30 a.m. - "Host Utilization by Monarch Butterflies in Northeast Iowa" presented by Shannon Meehan & Kirk Larsen, Luther College

10:55-11:15 a.m. - "The Short-Horned Grasshoppers: Forgotten Jewels of the Loess Hills" presented by Marlin Rice

11:15-11:35 a.m. - "Highway 61 Revisited: Chasing Insects on the Goat Prairies of SE Minnesota" presented by James Bess

11:35-11:55 a.m. - "Raingarden Insects" presented by Jessica Miller, University of Minnesota

11:55-12:15 p.m. - "Citizen Science and Insect Conservation" presented by Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society

1:15-1:35 p.m. - "Which Native Milkweeds are Acceptable Host Plants for Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) within the Midwestern U.S." presented by Tori Pocius, Iowa State University

1:35-1:55 p.m. - "Bee-friendly Habitat: An Introduction to Native Bees in the Landscape" presented by Ashley St. Clair, Iowa State University

1:55-2:15 p.m. - "They Come in Peace: Parasitoids as Pest Control Agents in Iowa" presented by Matt Kaiser, Iowa State University

2:15-2:35 p.m. - "Social Insects Rule the World" presented by Alexander Walton, Iowa State University

3:00-3:20 p.m. - "Hiking, Collecting, Discovering: A Myriad of Mutualisms" presented by Sarah Arnold & Dan Barron

3:20-3:40 p.m. - "Small Pond Science: Outdoor Laboratories and Invertebrate Research" presented by Jessica Orlofske, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

3:40-4:00 p.m. - "Prairie Skippers: Just Do It" presented by Armund Bartz, Wisconsin DNR

If you are interested an 8.5" x 11" advertisement poster has been created and can be found and printed from the DOI webpage.

Silent Auction to support

Again this year, during DOI, we will be holding a silent auction for participants at DOI to bid on. If you would like to participate with the auction and bring an item for the auction they can be dropped off at registration in the morning for DOI. This year all proceeds from the auction will go to supporting and its operations.

See you March 25th at Reiman Gardens for the 9th annual Day of Insects.

Thank you


Purple Martin Workshop March 18

The 12th annual 2017 Iowa Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center (1005 Nutmeg Ave) 1.8 miles north of Kalona, Iowa and one mile east of Highway 1, will be held on Saturday, March 18. Presenters start at 9:00 AM, but early birds can arrive at 8:00 AM for doughnuts and coffee. $2.00 registration fee. Save the date! Our topics and speakers are: "A Comprehensive Look at the Purple Martin and Landlord Practices" Dave Duit - Iowa Purple Martin Organization "Swans, Swifts & Ceruleans...Why Citizen Conservation Counts" Doug Harr - President - Iowa Audubon "Resource Management in Johnson County" Jennifer Jordan - Recycling Coordinator - City of Iowa City "Update: Eagles, Ospreys, and Peregrine Falcons" Pat Schlarbaum - Nongame Program - Iowa Department of Natural Resources Jim Walters Songbird Project 319-466-1134