The Ottumwa Courier

February 28, 2014

Three spring workshops at Pioneer Ridge

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Conservation Board is hosting several upcoming events at Pioneer Ridge this spring in hopes of thawing everyone out. Pre-registration is required for all three events.

• Soil Food Web, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 22. Molly Haviland is the director and soil food web advisor at the Living Soil Lab at Maharishi University of Management. She will introduce you to the cast of characters that make up the Soil Food Web (SFW). Haviland will help you better understand the symbiotic relationship between plants and soil microorganisms, how to establish a growing environment that increases and maintains the SFW population and more. Pre-registration is required by March 14, and minimum of 10 pre-registrants must be met to hold this workshop. The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch.

• Birdhouse Building Workshop, 9 a.m. March 29. It is time for the annual birdhouse building workshop. This year, participants will build a robin nesting platform. You will learn about this common backyard bird and will build a place for it to build a nest in your backyard. The cost is $7 per kit. If you would like a bluebird house kit as well or instead, please request that when you register. Register by March 25 to ensure materials are available for all participants. Bring your hammer if you have one. A limited number of hammers will be available from the Wapello CCB.

• Photography Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, April 5. Matt Wetrich, professional photographer, will show you how to produce photos more like those in magazines. The type of camera is not all there is to it. This is your chance to become the nature photographer you have always wanted to be and produce a picture worthy of winning the annual photo contest. He will take a look at what makes attractive compositions, lighting, subject matter, equipment and more. You will leave with a whole new perspective when you look through your camera, as well as a cheat sheet card to stick in your camera bag. Registration is required by March 31. There is a minimum of 10 registrants to hold this workshop. The cost is $15 per person. Bring your camera.

To register for any of these workshops, call 641-682-3091. For more information, visit