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Fun Night for Nature Center slated for March 24
March 9, 2018

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The Fundraising Committee for the Tama County Nature Center has been busy planning the annual spring fundraiser for the facility. The event, to be held on Saturday evening, March 24, has become known for a fun evening offering a delicious buffet meal, interesting program and many diverse and beautiful offerings in the silent and open auctions.

This year's event promises to be another fun one for county residents. The evening will include a wonderful dining event served by "My Mother's Place" including an "all you can eat" buffet which will include two meats, vegetable, salads, homemade rolls and beverage. No one will go away hungry.

Next, you can sit back and enjoy the program entitled "Iowa Raptors: A Conservation Story" which will be presented by Shawn Hawks, Assistant Director at the Iowa Raptor Project.

The Iowa Raptor Project is committed to preserving Iowa's Raptor populations and habitats through educational programs and field research. Shawn will have a live American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon on hand (literally!). These educational birds will help tell the story of the decline and success of their populations. Shawn will give you an inside look on conservation measures to help these birds and his experience in raptor research.

Following the program will be the open and silent auctions. As in past years an important component to the success of the evening will come from generous supporters and talented persons from across the county. "We have been very fortunate to have so many residents interested in the Nature Center project", adds Bob Etzel, Director. "It is exciting to see people share their talent and resources to make the Nature Center a success. The Fundraising Committee and the Conservation Board are very grateful for this support."

The committee is asking anyone in the county with a special talent to consider sharing their talent to benefit the Nature Center. "We have had all kinds of neat items donated to the silent and open auctions in the past," comments George Corum, of Tama. "Kolaches, wood working, bird houses, pies, jewelry, quilts, dried flower arrangements, photography.... have all been donated by talented Tama Countians." If anyone would like to donate something for the auction please let one of the fundraising committee members know or give Bob a call at (641) 484-2231.

The annual spring fund-raiser has been successful in raising over $100,000 to date and funds environmental education programming as well as ongoing construction of the Tama County Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake and Park.

Since a dinner is being served ADVANCED TICKET SALES ARE REQUIRED. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bob at the Nature Center office at (641) 484-2231 or evenings at home at (641) 484-5764 or by contacting any of the fundraising committee or conservation board members. Those members are: DYSART: Cathy Wieck; GLADBROOK/GARWIN/LINCOLN AREA: Kay Lowry, Kory Staff, Nathan Wrage; SOUTH TAMA AREA: Allan Atchison, George Corum, Ellen Graff, Bob Etzel, Nikki Novak, and John Keenan; TRAER/BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER, VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.

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