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Big Sand Mound to Open Its Outdoors for a Public Field Day
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 8, 2015) – A landscape of sand dunes, lizards and cactus in Iowa?
Visitors who come to the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve on June 20 may feel more like they’re in the southwestern United States rather than in Muscatine, Iowa.
Once every three years, Big Sand Mound invites the public to a Field Day during which visitors can tour the preserve’s unique ecosystem of plants and animals not typically found in Iowa. The 2015 Field Day will be Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With 510 acres, Big Sand Mound is home to undisturbed prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands, and it has the highest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the state. Of more than 400 different plants at the site, 80 percent are native. The preserve is jointly owned by MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, with MidAmerican Energy owning 420 acres and Monsanto owning 90. The two companies partner to study and protect the relatively undisturbed habitat.
“We encourage the public to take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit the preserve and see some amazing species without going far from home,” said Jennifer McIvor, vice president, environmental programs for MidAmerican Energy. “Big Sand Mound serves as an example of businesses working together to maintain, enhance and preserve a piece of history original to Iowa, while making a positive impact on the environment.”
Field Day participants will be able to attend various sessions led by experts in natural resources and ecology. Sessions range from nature photography to turtles and insects. Programs also include an exploration hike to the dunes, presentations on topics such as the Emerald Ash Borer and a butterfly walk. Kid-friendly sessions include archery, wetland wading and a scavenger hunt. In addition, early risers can begin Field Day in advance and participate in an optional bird watching session at 5:30 a.m.
Registration is $7.50 per person and required by June 12. Participants can register online through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ continuing education and lifelong learning office (www.eicc.edu) by signing up for course #149954. Alternatively, registration can be made by calling, visiting or mailing the Eastern Iowa community college nearest you. For complete registration and event details, visit LouisaCountyConversation.org
Field day sponsors include Louisa County Conservation Board, MidAmerican Energy, Monsanto Company, Muscatine Community College/Eastern Iowa Community College District and Muscatine County Conservation Board.About MidAmerican Energy Company
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