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Clover Lawns: Is the Trend Lucky for Pollinators?

by Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

The idea of creating a pollinator-friendly yard is finally taking root, and the notion of a perfect lawn, along with its expense, is being weeded out.

3 Minute Read

Women's History Month, Top Moments at Cornell College

by Dee Ann Rexroat (Cornell College)

Cornell College along the Lincoln Highway in Iowa has the distinction of becoming the first college west of the Mississippi River to grant a baccalaureate degree to a woman.

7 Minute Read

Dr. Mark Rassmussen Joins PRI Board of Directors

by PR & Marketing Coordinator Mike Kellner

We are excited to have former Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and ISU Professor Emeritus Dr. Mark Rasmussen join us as the newest PRI board member.

3 Minute Read

Clean Water Act: 50 Years, 50 Facts Video Shorts Episode 8

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

The Clean Water Act: 50 Years, 50 Facts” is a weekly series of short videos celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

Episode 8 - 90 Second Video
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Pollinator of the Month

The Mourning Cloak

by Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

The mourning cloak is our favorite sign of spring! These butterflies overwinter as adults, so they are one of the first pollinators you will see this year. The adults eat sap and decaying matter, which are available before most flowers bloom! Their caterpillars rely on willow, hackberry, and cottonwood trees as host plants. Take a walk in the woods this March to see if you can spot this early butterfly!

Story County Water Quality Monitoring Update

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

Prairie Rivers of Iowa and its partners are in the third year of monitoring streams in Story County. Recently, due to winter rains and snowmelt, we are experiencing very muddy streams.

Full Monthly Update With Detailed Data Here

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Wish List

A fun and unique way to support our work is to contribute to our Wish List. Your special gift helps purchase the critical supplies we need to battle issues facing pollinators in Iowa and identify historic Properties along the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway in Iowa.

Yes I'd Like to Give to the PRI Wish List

Lincoln Highway Historic Property Survey

You are invited to participate in a first-of-its-kind survey assessing the preservation needs of historical properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places within five miles of the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway in Iowa. This needs assessment is being undertaken by the Ames-based nonprofit Prairie Rivers of Iowa (PRI) with funding from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Take the Survey


Ames Reads Leopold

Sunday, March 19th, 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Hear the thought-provoking words of Iowa’s own Aldo Leopold, widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation. Full Details Here

North American Prairie Conference

Hosts: Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

June 26-29, The Meadows Event Center

Join prairie experts, enthusiasts, and more for America's oldest and most celebrated native grassland conference!

Visit Here for More Info and Registration

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a federal 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization uniquely focused on conserving natural and cultural resources.

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