Join Ionia Conservation District for their 2020 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:00 pm. Speaker Jenny Mensch will be joining us to talk about the importance of pollinator conservation and how The Monarch House, at Fenner Nature Center has raised and released more than 300 monarch butterflies to aid in the preservation of the species. These monarchs are carefully reared, checked for parasites, tagged, and released in hopes to give them a good head-start to make it to their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Learn more about this and how you can bring similar conservation practices to your own backyard through native wildflower plantings. The Ionia Conservation District offers a variety of wildflowers, seed, and garden kits, as well as landscaping options to help you get started! Visit https://www.ioniacd.org/product-category/potted-wildflowers/ to view the variety of wildflowers we carry and bring any questions you may have to our annual meeting. Event location is 115 S. Steele Street Ionia, MI 48846. Free to attend and heavy Hors d'oeuvres will be provided!
Do you, or someone you know have beautiful Ionia County pictures that you would like to share? Enter them in the 2020 Ionia Conservation District Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes and share your nature-themed pictures with other Ionia County residents! This year’s photo categories include, Mushrooms, Planting and Harvest, Birds and Bugs, and Sunsets and Sunrise. Three winners will be selected for each category and will be awarded a gift card prize. All photo submissions must be taken in Ionia County and be submitted by 4:30 PM on March 5, 2020 to be eligible. Please visit https://www.ioniacd.org/photo-contest/ for a complete list of rules and submission forms for entry. All photographs must be submitted in digital format. Winning photographs will be displayed at Ionia Conservation District’s Annual Meeting on March 18, 2020 at 115 S. Steele Street Ionia, MI 48846 at 6:00 pm. The annual meeting is free to attend and heavy Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.