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AZA Spring into Action Events Coming this Spring

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is co-hosting a series of events this spring at several locations throughout Dubuque County. These events are all made possible by a grant provided by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and intended to engage the community through hands-on conservation education, volunteerism, and celebration.

  • March 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Environmental Scientist Marcus Eriksen will speak at the River Museum. Eriksen’s presentation is focused on marine conservation with an emphasis on plastics in the world’s oceans. This event is free to the public.
     
  • April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hosted by the Iowa DNR, invasive woody vegetation will be removed in preparation for a prescribed conservation burn at the Mines of Spain JD Monument. Volunteers are sought to assist.
     
  • April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Party for the Planet® will be held at the River Museum. Over a dozen venders will be setup on the River Museum’s campus to interact with visitors that day. Educational programs, demonstrations, live music, and beverages, provided by Dimensional Brewing Company, will be available. This event is included with general admission to the River Museum.
     
  • May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Iowa DNR, City of Dubuque, River Museum team members, and other partners will lead a community engagement event celebrating the aquatic diversity of Bee Branch Creek. This will be done through aquatic invert surveying and fish/frog surveying. Volunteers will be taught how to conduct the surveys.
     
  • May 17 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Hosted by Dubuque County Conservation Board, invasive woody vegetation will be removed in an effort to restore hilltop prairie habitat at Sunny Crest Manor in Dubuque. Volunteers are sought to assist.
     
  • May 24 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Hosted by the Dubuque County Conservation Board, invasive woody vegetation will be removed in an effort to restore oak savannah habitat at Little Maquoketa Mounds State Preserve.  Volunteers are sought to assist.

In addition, on June 4 a concert that is being put on by the Dubuque County Conservation Board will be held at Mud Lake in an effort to bring Dubuque residents to county parks. Transportation will be available from several locations around the city. More details to come later.

About the AZA Grant
For over 20 years, members of the AZA have celebrated our planet with Party For The Planet® events in the largest combined Earth Day (April 22), Endangered Species Day (May 20), and World Ocean Day (June 8) celebration in North America.

AZA is in its fourth year of the Party for the Planet®: Spring into Action campaign with support from the Disney Conservation Fund. From Earth Day to World Ocean Day, this campaign leverages the reach and resources of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to “Spring into Action” by providing family-friendly volunteer and conservation action opportunities that focus on creating healthy habitats to improve our planet.

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