PCC Founded 1958 * OCTOBER 2019 *60 years of conservation

“From the Dunes in the north, to the Kankakee River in the south”

Izaak Walton League of America - Porter County Chapter

Meetings held every 3rd Saturday, 1-3pm in the

Thomas Library in 2nd floor meeting room


200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-7696

Next meeting October 19, 2019 from 1-3pm


President - Gary Brown grbrown57@hotmail.com, 219-464-8882

Vice President - Jim Sweeney jp55biod@att.net, 219-322- 7239

Treasurer/Membership - Liz McCloskey tmconservation@csinet.net, 219-326-0700 Secretary - Susan Swarner susan.swarner@gmail.com, 219-201-5498

Chapter Directors: Don Frame df.nature@outlook.com, 219-331-6136,
Bill Iltzsche biltzsche@hotmail.com 219-464-9850 and
Herb Read 847-302-8069


10/1 E-STEM in the Field with Northview

9-2p Frame Family Little Cal Cons Area


10/5 & 6 Wildlife Celebration

12-5p Sunset Hill Park


10/12 Shirley Heinze Conservation Tour

9a Frame Conservation Area-Little Cal River


10/12 4-H Breakfast with the Ghostbusters II

8-11a Discovery Charter School Gym


10/19 October PCC Monthly Meeting

1-3p Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


10/26 Owl Fest w/ Humane Indiana

9-5pm 4-H Bldg at Expo Center


11/7 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p Washington Township


11/14 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p John Simatovich School


11/16 November PCC Monthly Meeting

1-3p Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


To volunteer to help with anything that suits you; contact Annette Hansen executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com 219-241-7431

e-stem in the field launches with discovery charter school

On September 16, the E-STEM team of Annette Hansen, Susan Swarner, Jeff Farkus, Gary Brown, and Bill Iltzsche led 60 5th grade students from Discovery Charter School through the Save Our Streams protocol for water testing in our section of the East Arm of the Little Calumet River at Frame Family Little Calumet Conservation Area.

Kids volleyed for position to wear waders to get into the water where they checked water temperature, turbidity, scooped and counted macroinvertebrates, measured water depth and bank formations, then took a closer look under microscopes and magnifying glasses! Finally, they did chemical testing on the water to fill in their sheets and talk about what kind of environment they found. Happily, they discovered very clean water and a good variety of macros, so we know our water is clean.

The E-STEM in the Field program as sponsored by grants from NISOURCE Environmental Action, Indiana Div and National Endowments.

Honoring the Memory of Charlotte Read

On the rainy morning of September 28, 10 attendees met at the Read House to honor the memory of Charlotte Read. Among them were speakers Myrna Newgent from Shirley Heinze Landtrust, Natalie Johnson from Save the Dunes, Dena Mourtos from NPS, Gary Brown of PCC and David Read, Charlotte's son.

It was too rainy for riders so the group had lunch at the Read house instead of Carol Cook.
It was a special morning remembering Charlotte.

FAll 2019 Family Nature Night at Bailly

Our first Family Nature Night of the new school year was at Bailly Elementary School in Chesterton on Sept. 17. We had some new presenters like Mermaid Straw and some returning partners we haven't seen in a while; Chesterton Feed & Garden and National Park Service.

The next two are scheduled for 6-7:30pm in November; 11/7 at Washington Township and 11/14 at John Simatovich School. Please advise Annette Hansen if you can help at Family Nature Nights! executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com

Thank you to Annette, Bill, Susan, Liz, Gary and Gene
for greeting guests of Apple Fest this year.

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the pcc "adopt a bat" program is coming this october...

Wildlife Celebration

The annual two-day event at Sunset Hill Farm County Park at US 6 and Meridian Road near Valparaiso features a focus on wildlife on Saturday October 5th and Pet Rescue and Adoption Day on Sunday October 6th. One of the highlights of Sunday is the presentation of the Hero Pet Award, and entries are being accepted now. Here is a link for more information: www.celebratewildlife.org

PCC will be a tabling partner during the Wildlife Celebration October 5 & 6th. Event runs noon-5pm on both days. Please contact Annette Hansen if you can take a shift in tabling and talking about our bat research and a little "Bat Adoption" program.

The PCC NWI Bat Adoption program gets kids involved in caring about bats. Bill Iltzsche helped us get a $250 Thrivent grant to start this program. Children come to our table, learn about bats with our PowerPoint presentation and chat with our PCC volunteers. They can adopt one of our 4" stuffed bats for a $10 donation. It comes with instructions to give it a snuggly home, keep it away from wind turbines and instructions for clean caving. The family also receives a monthly PCC Bat Research Program newsletter about what PCC is finding out about bats and what is going on with our bat habitat sites.

Festival of the Owls

PCC will be partnering with Indiana Humane Wildlife during their October 26 event on owls. It runs 9am-5pm at the Porter Co Expo Center in 4-H bldg.

Please contact Annette Hansen if you can take a shift in tabling and talking about our bat research and the "Adopt a Bat" program (see above).


4-H raising funds for PCC's bat research with pancake breakfast

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PCC family hunting heritage program

The PCC family hunting heritage program started with a DNR Hunter Education course in late August. Family PCC members may now hunt at Bedenkop. Special thanks to the Michigan City IWLA for allowing us to use their facility for the day-long course.

PayPal takes a percentage on your donation. You may also feel free to mail your donation through our Treasurer: c/o PCC Treasurer Liz McCloskey, 1602 Michigan Ave, La Porte, IN 46350

Sarge invites us to Michigan City Ikes for a campfire meal.

Sunday, October 13 from 11am-4pm, Sarge Hankins of the Michigan City Izaak Walton Chapter 7 is holding a cast iron campfire cooking gathering at the property. Anyone who wishes to come out and do a little cast iron cooking is invited to show up and throw down. He would like to get as many of our members as we can and hopefully some of our friends from Porter County IWLA to show up. Come out for some cooking and conversation, and hopefully a fun event. Okay, you don’t have to cook to come out; however, you do need to bring a smile and a welcome. We will start at 11:00 AM and just take it as it comes from there. Sarge is not expecting any world class chef’s to show up, just folks having fun and enjoying each others company.