2013 Raccoon River Watershed Calendar Available



"I am very pleased with [the] calendar."

"The calendar is now posted - and the nearly daily additions make it even better. But of course the photographs are the main attraction. I'm. . . anticipating screech owls. . . and singing happy birthday to Gladys Black."

"Thanks for your efforts on behalf of environmental issues."

For those of you living in the Raccoon River watershed, anywhere in Iowa, and the Midwest, the "Phenological Calendar of the Raccoon River Watershed 2013" is available for purchase by mail or, if we cross paths, in person.

Each month has an appropriate seasonal photo from a place in the Raccoon drainage or of a species of life that is native there, and the calendars provide rich information on the timing of natural events throughout the year. The page for April, pictured above, is a representative example. These events include astronomical occurrences, bird migrations and nesting, insect emergences, and plant blooming and seeding. The calendar sells for $12.00, of which a portion goes to the Raccoon River Watershed ssociation (http://www.northraccoon.org/North_Raccoon/Raccoon_River_Watershed.html) for its ongoing support of education and research projects.

WHAT IS PHENOLOGY?: The calendar is a phenology calendar, meaning that the events in it are based on actual observations of natural processes. These observations come from RRWA members and published sources.  "Phenology" is the study of transfers of energy through ecosystems, to state it simply. Phenology concerns ecosystem processes, which vary from quite simple to exhaustingly complex, so much so that no human in a single life could fully comprehend the dynamics of a single cycle of some processes. In the future, each annual calendar will draw on raw observations from the Raccoon watershed as this becomes available.

ORDERING: To order a calendar, click ADD TO CART below. Once you go to the Online Store to check out, you can change the quantity if you want more than one. The postage and shipping charge is included in the price of the calendar. In person the calendars sell for $12.00 each.


February's photo is of a Pine Siskin, a winter resident of the watershed that is related to goldfinches.
November's calendar is accompanied by the photo above of a controlled burn of prairie and savanna at Whiterock Conservancy, Guthrie County.

IMPORTANT: If the "Add to Cart" Link Doesn't Work: How to Order Calendars

If you are unable to place an order using the "Add to Cart" button below or at the Online Store, please use the Contact Me page or send an email to searleslr@msn.com. In your message, describe how many calendars you want and how quickly you'd like them shipped. The cheapest is by USPS Media Mail or First Class, for about $2 per calendar. Priority Mail is more expensive, and of course there are other options. I'll reply with the total cost, including shipping and sales tax, and ask for your confirmation (and any missing information, such as a mailing address). Thanks for your patience and understanding while this snag is worked out.
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