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What is a Wetland Outdoor Hike?

Join Arnold van der Valk, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, for a wetland walk at Jim Ketelsen Greenwing Marsh on Friday, Aug. 15, from 6:30-8 p.m.

The evening will focus on the distinguishing characteristics of wetlands including their hydrology, flora and fauna, and soils. Special emphasis will be placed on the plants of prairie potholes and their distribution within a pothole. During the program we will examine the plants (submersed aquatics, free floating, emergents, wet meadow species, etc.) found at Ketelsen and their various adaptations to living in a flooded environment. The role of wetlands in Iowa, both historically and today, will also be discussed, including the importance of wetlands as wildlife habitat and as sinks for upland runoff.

This program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Participants should wear long pants and boots or shoes that can get wet and muddy.

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at conservation@storycounty.com, or visit www.storycountyconservation.org.

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