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Site Prep & Planting Days for Dry Run Improvement Project

The section of Dry Run Creek that runs behind Decorah Public Library’s parking lot is about to begin a slow process of transformation, thanks to the efforts of a few young people who attend after school programs there.
When Apr 24, 2008 03:30 PM to
May 03, 2008 03:00 PM
Where at the Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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The section of Dry Run Creek that runs behind Decorah Public Library’s parking lot is about to begin a slow process of transformation, thanks to the efforts of a few young people who attend after school programs there. Five dates have been selected to prepare the site for planting shrubs and perennials, in hopes of attracting birds and butterflies to the area.  They are Thursday April 24 and Monday April 28, from 3:30-5:30; May 1&2 form 3:30-5:30 and Saturday May 3 from 1-3 pm.

     Anyone who would like to join in to help is welcome, but encouraged to call or email ahead of time to Heidi Swets at the library, 382-3717 or youthservices@decorah.lib.ia.us.  Volunteers are asked to wear gloves, bring a shovel or pair of loppers and a 5 gallon bucket to haul mulch.  Younger children should be accompanied by an older sibling or adult.  In case of rain or questionable weather, the workday(s) may be postponed so call the library to confirm or check KDEC FM.

     The project was planned and developed as part of the library’s afterschool programs.  Young people ages 8-14 developed the idea and received an Iowa’s Promise Youth Grant to fund this first phase of the project, which also includes surveying the kinds of animals that live or visit the area over the next 5 months and evaluating the water quality.  The 2nd phase involves building nest boxes for appropriate species and installing webcams in the nest boxes so that activity can be viewed from a remote location, such as the library or anywhere with internet access.  Local raptor researcher Bob Anderson will be advising the group with this and funding was obtained from Upper Iowa Audubon and the Donald C. Larsen Trust.

     More young people are welcome to join in this effort at any stage in the process.  More information, contact Heidi Swets at the library.