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Fun Night for Nature Center slated for April 6

March 22, 2013
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The Fundraising Committee for the Tama County Nature Center has been busy planning the annual spring fund-raiser for the facility. The event, to be held on Saturday evening, April 6, 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 evening 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. This year’s program is entitled “Iowa Success Stories” and will be presented by Robert Weselmann, Northwood, IA. Weselmann is a retired high school biology and ecology instructor. He has also taught at the junior college level. Following retirement he and his wife Terry have been very involved in wildlife research and serving as a campground host at Yellowstone National Park. Research they have assisted with include white nose disease in bats, related vectors of brucellosis, trap mosquitoes relative to west Nile virus, and research involving lynx, snowshoe hare and winter bison in Yellowstone. “Robert is an interesting and passionate presenter” states Bob Etzel, Director for the Tama County Conservation Board. “He has years of experience in the conservation field both in Iowa and in Yellowstone. He is also a well known wildlife photographer who will impress folks with beautiful photography as well as an entertaining and educational presentation.” 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 Etzel. “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 Nathan Wrage of Gladbrook. “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 spring fund-raiser has been successful in raising over $78,000 to date and funds environmental education programming as well as ongoing construction of the 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, Lana McCool, Bob Etzel, and John Keenan; TRAER/BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER, VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.

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Well known photographer and conservationist Robert Weselmann, of Northwood, IA, will be presenting a program entitled “Iowa Success Stories” at this year’s Fun Night for the Nature Center fundraiser to be held on April 6.



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