Friends of Lake Manawa Annual Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Where: The Council Bluffs Fish and Game Club, 531 Comanche St. – upstairs meeting room Agenda: Election of Board Members, FOLM project update, Park update If you are not a current voting member and would like to be one, please visit the ‘Become a Member’ tab to join as an individual, family, or...

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FOLM 2015 Annual Meeting and I-DNR Meeting

The 2015 FOLM ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the WESTERN HISTORIC TRAILS CENTER. The AGENDA includes Election of Board Members and FOLM Annual Financial Report, and other business as deemed necessary. On the Ballot this year are returning Board Members Mark Genereux and David Holcomb. Following this very short business meeting the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (I-DNR) is hosting a PUBLIC MEETING for the purpose of providing information on the CAMPGROUND RENOVATION PROJECT as well as an update on the LAKE RESTORATION PROJECT. To VOTE in the election you must have a current 2015 FOLM membership. 2015 dues MUST BE PAID by October 1, 2015. If you, or someone you know, would like a voting membership for 2015 you can sign-up, renew, and pay via PayPal at the Become a Member/Donate tab of our Website. Membership forms will be available for renewal and/or new 2016 memberships at the meeting. The doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. See you there! FOLM 2015 Annual Meeting AGENDA: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the WESTERN HISTORIC TRAILS CENTER. FOLM: Election of Board Members… Financial Report Committee/Activity Reports: AED Clean – Up Day Fireworks Ice Fishing Derby Milkweed for Monarchs IPF Project: Missouri River/Loess Hills Region (Mills, Pottawattamie, Harrison Counties) STATE of the PARK: I-DNR: Dredge/Lake Restoration Campground...

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Milkweed for Monarchs Event a Success!

THANK YOU to our 45 volunteers for their hard work and dedication on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in planting nearly 400 plants in our new Monarch Garden at Lake Manawa State Park! A total of 288 milkweed plants and 100 accompanying native perennial species were planted with soil and compost and mulched in just under two hours! Photos of the event can be found on the Friends of Lake Manawa Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10152919580592397&type=1 There was a nice write-up today of the event in the Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil paper. http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/local/monarch-garden-started-at-manawa/article_bac0ffc3-7314-548e-80b6-cc3ca9926964.html?mode=story Perennials were purchased through Diversity Farms in Iowa (712) 683-5555.  We planted 100 native perennials which consisted of the following 14 types of plants: Prairie Phlox, Snowy Goldenrod, LF Beardstongue, Loco Weed, Dotted Blazing Star, Rough Blazing Star, Pale Purple Coneflower, Aromatic Aster, Skyblue Aster, Lead Plant, Silkey Aster, Ground Plum, Cream Indigo, and P. Coreopsis Diversity Farms also sells a variety of milkweed. Milkweed was obtained through Monarch Watch. To add your email to the Monarch Watch’s Spring Sale list, email milkweed@monarchwatch.org and put “Spring Sale” in the subject line. To order milkweed this fall, go to this link on August 15th and their milkweed order form will be available.  You can order a flat of 33 milkweed plants for $66 which includes shipping to your home. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1I9lFB__ZQYS9OCgjUkc8PtuncEUPWsXaHpNuVmeCtVI/closedform For information on obtaining a grant for milkweed through Monarch Watch, visit: http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds-for-restoration-projects/ To designate your home garden as a “Monarch Waystation”, see this link: http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/ In addition to adding 400 plants to the Milkweed Garden, Friends of Lake Manawa unveiled a new “Monarch Garden” outdoor, permanent sign — intended to educate the public about the Monarch lifecycle. Friends of Lake Manawa hopes to make this an annual event, and we hope you will join us again next year! Again, a SINCERE THANK YOU for your help in saving the Monarchs! Information about the Monarch: ​ Milkweed is the only food that Monarch caterpillars will eat. Monarch butterflies eat the nectar from perennials on their fall migration to Mexico, where they overwinter, and then return to the U.S. to lay eggs in the spring and summer. Monarch butterflies have seen a staggering decline in their numbers in the last 20 years, losing more than 90 percent of...

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