Basic Wilderness Survival Awareness Program
March 29, 2014 – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
What would you do on a short day hike, canoe trip, or a day out riding your ATV when something goes wrong? You get lost or turned around, the weather changes quickly, and you can’t get back to your car. You have your cell phone but forgot to charge it again. This program is designed to give you some basic information with hands-on practice of your survival skills. This curriculum is not designed to make you an expert. It gives you a place to start.
The program covers these areas:
What do I need to do before I venture out? What equipment do I need to buy and why? Basic health and safety needs, your need for water, shelter building, fire starting and common-sense first aid. Part of the program is lecture and part hands-on.
Bring clothing for March weather conditions, we will be inside or out.
Cost $10 adult (16 yrs older) $5 (11 yrs old to 15) ( Mimimum age 11 years old) Minors must be accompanied by an Parent or Guardian. Fee is to cover the cost of class materials. Class size is limited to 25 students.
Sign up cut-off date is March 26th. Contact Rick Cerwick 515-971-2924
There will be a 1/2 hour lunch break (bring your lunch.)
Location: Des Moines Izaak Walton League Chapterhouse
Program brought to you by the following and many volunteers:
Izaak Walton League of America
Des Moines Chapter
March 11–Corned Beef & Cabbage – Program: John Swanson,” Easter lake watershed” Ticket Sellers: Kerry Petersen & Bryan G.
March 18–Baked Pork Chops – Program: US Senator Whitehouse and IA senator Hogg, on climate change. Ticket sellers: Skidmore 7 Bryan G
March 25–Chicken Fried Steak/Ham Steak – Program: Ty Smedes, Photographer, Loons Ticket sellers: Casey & Ron smith
There are alternatives to the main entrée available such as Chef Salad, a fish
entrée, and usually one other entrée.
Dinner is served from 5:45 to 7:00 pm and the program starts at 7:30 pm.
Calendar of Events:
Apr 9 – 12 Spring Migration, Lake Taneycomo, Contact Joe Gavin for Details
May 14 – 17 Planned Dates for Annual “Crappiethon” Location Yet to be Determined
Senator Whitehouse will talk about the causes and consequences of Climate Change at 7:30 on March 18. Iowa Senator Rob Hogg will also be present and will introduce Senator Whitehouse. You are cordially invited to attend the regularly scheduled Des Moines Ike’s dinner and listen to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse afterwards. This dinner and meeting will be open to the general public but we will have to ask non members to contact Mike Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the clubhouse (515-244-3773 by March 14 so we don’t run out of food.
Have you wondered where the turtles have gone? They have gone to China. Do you remember the days when you could stand on a bridge and count 4 or 5 large Soft shells on a sandbar? A friend who paddles reported that he saw no Soft shells on the North Raccoon River last year. According to the DNR 590 tons of snappers were taken by commercial trappers since 2007 and 177 tons of Soft shells were trapped between 1994 and 2002. There is even a market for the little painted turtles. 2 tons of painted turtles were taken in 2012 alone. The snappers live up to 50 years. It takes 7 to 10 years to reach reproductive age. So how long will it take for our turtles to rebound from this level of trapping? You would think the turtle trappers, like other trappers, would want rules to protect their business. But no, they are fighting the DNR’s attempt to protect egg laying females from harvest. Why would ethical trappers oppose that? Do they plan to trap out all of Iowa’s turtles and move on. What gives? Ask Governor Branstad to allow the rule making process to move forward. It is up to him at the moment. Mike Delaney, Ikes lobbyist
Our pheasant population has been decimated by bad weather and loss of habitat. Pheasants Forever’s Matt O’Connor has appealed to the Iowa legislature to help our pheasant population out with an appropriation of approximately $6 million to augment Farm Bill programs, and add buffers that would supply habitat but also help with nutrient reduction. He also asked for research into habitat needs and the feasibility of “trapping and transferring” birds within the state. We Ikes agree that we need more and better habitat for pheasants. Farmers should be educated about the importance of flowers in their CRP seed mixes. Pheasants are not the only wildlife of concern to Matt. He is also telling the legislators about the need for wetland and grassland habitat for pollinators, Monarch butterflies, bees, waterfowl other birds and wildlife that would be helped by a good pheasant rebuilding program. Water quality, fish and other aquatic life can also benefit by focusing on habitat that controls runoff and takes up nutrients. Contact your legislators on this issue. Look up the members of the Natural Resources Committees in the house and senate and give them a call. They need to hear from hunters and anglers once in awhile. Mike Delaney, Ikes lobbyist
March 11 – John Swanson – NRCS - Easter Lake Watershed Project