December Questionnaire sent to current Iowa naturalists by first employed Iowa
naturalists, Mary Duritsa (Black Hawk County), Mike Gross (Jasper County), Loren
McVey (Hamilton County), Wendy Meyer (now Zohrer, Iowa Conservation Commission,
Springbrook), Curt Abdouch (Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids).
December 2 AIN (now NIA) regional meeting in Dubuque, Iowa at E.B. Lyons Nature
Preserve. Hosted by Jim Rooks. An Iowa naturalist group was formed at this
meeting, but no official name was chosen.
February 4 Meeting at Camp EWALU during a teacher workshop. First official
meeting of Iowa naturalist group. Official name of Iowa Association of
Naturalists was chosen. In attendance at the organizational meeting were: Mary
Duritsa, Deanna Wood, Karen Dettman, Paul Smith, Bob Bryant, Maura O'Conner, Sue
Stein, Larry Totton, Lee Lee, Deb Quade, Sharon Davis, Diane Mayes, Wendy Meyer,
Betsy Paragamian, Mark Wagner, and Laurie Williams. Sylvan Runkel was made an
honorary lifetime member.
First officers were: Mary Duritsa - president, Mark Wagner -
vice president, Lee Lee - secretary-treasurer.
June 25 Swiss Valley Nature Center in Dubuque. Hosted by Bob
Walton. IAN Spring meeting.
Sept. 29-30 Camp EWALU. ICEC Workshop. Fall IAN meeting.
March Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids and Deaton Museum Studios in
Newton. Hosted by Rich Patterson and Mark Wagner. Spring meeting workshop on
displays and silk screening. IAN logo window decals were made.
June 24-25 Jester Park, Polk County. Hosted by Larry Totton. IAN
October 12 Springbrook, ICEC teacher workshop. Unofficial IAN
meeting was held at this workshop.
November 12 Hartman Reserve
Nature Center, Cedar Falls. Hosted by Mary Duritsa. Fall IAN meeting.
March 3-5 Springbrook. IAN workshop was in conjunction with Iowa Association of
County Conservation Board Employees (IACCBE) workshop. IAN Spring meeting.
June 28-30 Wisconsin River canoe trip. IAN Summer Outing. Host Lee Lee.
November 7-8 Scott County Park, near Davenport. IAN Fall meeting
March 26-27 Springbrook. AIN Regional workshop and IAN Spring meeting.
June 26-27 Indian Creek Nature Center. Hosted by Rich Patterson and Linn County
Conservation Board. Summer Outing on Cedar Valley Trail.
6-7 Salisbury Ridge Nature Center, Muscatine County. Hosted by Rose Simonis. IAN
Fall meeting. New officers elected: Mark Wagner - pres., Gail George -
V.P., Debi Keller Sec./Treas., Rich Patterson - newsletter editor.
March 26-27 Lake Meyer Nature Center, Winneshiek County. Hosted by Dave
Oestmann. IAN Spring meeting and exploration of Cold Water Cave.
June 25-26 Hickory Hills Park, Warren County. Hosted by Margaret Kuchenreuther.
IAN Summer outing and visit to Thunder Hills Prairie.
12-13 Swiss Valley Nature Center, Dubuque. Hosted by Bob Walton. IAN Fall
meeting and tour of the Dubuque Riverboat Museum.
March 26-27 Starr's Cave Nature Center, Burlington. Hosted by Gail George.IAN
Spring meeting and workshop.
August 18-19 Eden Valley Nature
Center, Clinton and Jackson Counties. Hosted by Larry Dolphin. Summer
Outing and caving at Maquoketa Caves State Park.
Saylorville Lake and Desoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge. Hosted by
Danielle Wirth. IAN Fall meeting and tours of both areas. New IAN officers
elected: Gail George -Pres., Larry Dolphin - V.P., Vern Fish - Sec./Treas., Joe
Halbur - newsletter.
March 22-23 Jasper County Courthouse. Hosted by Mark Wagner. Spring meeting and
visit to Deaton Museum Studios, Wagaman Mill, and Ashton Astronomical
August 17-18 Backbone State Park and Manchester
Trout Hatchery. IAN Summer Outing and mountaineering at Backbone Park.
November 8-9 Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. Hosted by
Rich Patterson. IAN Fall meeting And visit to the "Iowa Hall" at the University
March 15-16 Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City. Hosted by Jim Heintzman. IAN
August 23-24 Loess Hills, Onawa. Hosted by Sydney
Hime. IAN Summer Outing.
November 14-15 Hartman Reserve Nature
Center, Cedar Falls. Hosted by Mary Duritsa and Vern Fish. IAN Fall meeting. IAN
Officers elected for 1986: Bob Walton - Pres., Vern Fish - V.P., Bryan Pierce -
Sec., Diane Pixler - Treas., Joe Halbur - newsletter.
March 10-12 Springbrook. IAN Spring meeting hosted in conjunction with the
IACCBE Spring workshop.
August 15-16 Osborne Nature Center,
Clayton County. Hosted by Karen Mytas (now Newbern). IAN Summer Outing and canoe
trip on the Turkey River.
November 13-14 Delaware County Nature
Center. Hosted by Betsy Paragamian. IAN Fall meeting and tour of
Manchester Trout Hatchery.
April 2-4 Springbrook. AIN Regional workshop. IAN Spring meeting.
July 30-31 Living History Farm, Des Moines. IAN Summer Outing
and life in the 1850's.
November 12-13 Warren County Nature
Center. Hosted by Paul Regnier. IAN Fall Meeting and workshop. IAN officers
elected: Vern Fish - Pres., Kathleen Harris Regnier - V.P., Cele Burnett- Sec.,
Betsy Paragamian- Treas., Joe Halbur- newsletter.
March 17-18 Johnson County. IAN Spring meeting, workshop, and tour of the "Iowa
Hall" on the University of Iowa. This was the IAN tenth anniversary meeting.
July 21-23 Mississippi River, IAN Summer Outing. Prairie Du Chein, Wisconsin to
Dubuque in commemoration of the 200 year anniversary of the arrival of Julien
Dubuque by the same route.
November 16-18 Starr's Cave Nature
Center, Burlington. Hosted by Sharon Kaufman. IAN Fall meeting and workshop.