PCC Founded 1958 * APRIL 2020 *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 April 25, 2020 from 2pm at
Baugher (Library Service) Center

note meeting change to april 25


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 and
Bill Iltzsche biltzsche@hotmail.com 219-464-9850


We had moved our April 18th meeting to April 11th to accommodate our participation in the Expo Center's Earth Day event. That event has been cancelled. Our usual meeting room at the library is currently closed til April 13. We have now reserved the larger Baugher Center on April 25 AT 2-3pm. The larger room will allow us some elbow room for a 3 ft. social distancing space. Annette Hansen will get in there at 1:30 and disinfect all surfaces before our meeting at 2pm. Also, we'll keep it VERY brief with a 1 hour meeting instead of 2 hours.

At the printing of this newsletter, the April meeting will be held at the Baugher Center, 100 Indiana Avenue, Chesterton on April 25, Saturday from 2-3pm.

The PCC board has also been discussing methods of telecommunicating with laptops, apps and phones. If we are unable to meet on 4/25, we will try to connect in that way. More to be announced soon.

1st time hosting:

Jim Sweeney--The Porter County Chapter (PCC) hosted the quarterly March meeting of the Indiana Division Izaak Walton League board of directors and came through in flying colors. We had a lot of compliments about the location, the food, the organizing, etc.

Meetings are typically held at the chapter club house of the host chapter but PCC booked the pavilion at Portage Lakefront Park and Riverwalk. We had an awesome view for our day-long meeting. Don Frame made a short presentation on our Indiana Bat Project and Annette Hansen showed our visitors how our Family Nature Nights work. Annette, Zella Olson, Marilyn Spencer, and Liz McCloskey all helped with food and manning the sign-in table. Thank you everyone!

The board meeting included taking care of all the business we need to do but also talked about the MACwagon, the mobile archery clinic, the R3 initiative to get more people outside and into the shooting sports, and other matters of interest to the chapters.

The consensus seems to be that it was a good experience for us and PCC will host a meeting again. You can learn more about the Indiana Division here:


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4/25 Monthly PCC Meeting*

2-3p Baugher Center - 100 Indiana Ave.


4/25 Water Quality Symposium (PCC Bat Adoption)

8-2p Valpo University by EarthTones Club


5/12 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p Discovery Charter School


5/16 Monthly PCC Meeting

1-3pm Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


6/13 Gnomes Day Out...fairy festival
4-7p Frame Conservation Area

(6/27 rain date)


6/20 Monthly PCC Meeting

1-3pm Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


6/27 Naturepalooza

11-3p Rogers Lakewood Park-Big Wheel Pav.

6/30 Family Nature Night at Valpo Events Movie Night
6:30-8p Urshel Plaza, Valparaiso (Dr Doolittle)


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

*NOTE change from usual 3rd Saturday due to COVID closings.

family nature night at Brummitt


Due to the prevention of disease spread, the community has chosen to cancel events where 50 or more people might gather. The following dates for our chapter have been cancelled. If they are rescheduled, we will post them ASAP.

3/21 LaPorte Master Gardeners, Garden Show

8-4p Michigan City High School (Bat Adoption)


4/2 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p Northview School


4/11 April PCC Monthly Meeting

1-3p Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room

4/15 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p Liberty Elementary School


4/18 Earth Day Celebration

9a-2p Valpo Expo Center


spring volunteer jobs

We are looking for volunteers to help with the following jobs:

*Install signs at Frame Conservation Area to show borders
(5 or 6) on metal fence pickets

*Install signs at Bedenkop for agritourism (4) on metal fence pickets and install 8 field cameras

*Lay fresh hay on the fairy house trail for Gnomes Day Out

*Assist Tammy in installing 3 mini-recorders for bat monitoring at 3 properties

*Move 5 young Tulip Trees from Gene Clifford's house to Frame Cons. Area

If you can volunteer to help with any of these little jobs, please contact Annette Hansen 219-241-7431 or executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com

naturepalooza-living with lakes - 21st annual


The annual Naturepalooza - Living with Lakes Seminar and Festival is scheduled at Rogers Lakewood Park on June 27, 11am-3pm. IWLA-PCC will again co-host with the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group and Sierra Club Duneland. Our own new chapter member, Julie Sausman, will be volunteering to assist Walt Breitinger with partner acquisition. Partners would provide a family friendly activity or tabling display for visitors to this free event. NWI Paddlers and IWLA MAC Wagon will provide archery and paddling also! Naturepalooza can always use volunteers to help with the event; welcome visitors, display an educational topic, bring a dish to pass for the picnic lunch, or just bring the family for a day of outdoor enjoyment!

Contact Julie Sausman at 219-309-5398 for opportunities. Like & Share the Facebook event HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/512907912953621/

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bats return to indiana in april

The Indiana bat annual cycle includes 4 major phases: winter hibernation, spring migration, young rearing, and fall migration and swarming. Hibernation begins in mid to late October and extends to the following April. The non-hibernating period, called the active season, extends from mid-April through October. By late April, most bats have migrated to their summer areas. Although varying with latitude, the active period is generally mid-May through July. By early mid-September, most bats begin their migration back to their hibernacula and are hibernating by early November.

Find out more about the Indiana Bat here!

PCC will be right there with them at their return...Tammy, Don & their Bat Watch Team will be putting out the new audio bat call monitors to start collecting data right away here in NW Indiana at PCC conservation properties. The team is also seeking more funding to include more partners into the PCC Bat Monitoring and Habitat Project by 2021.


and it's an educational tool for children

stuck at home during the sheltering.

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follow dunes action

You can get up to date information on what is happening in Dunes Action Group on their Facebook feed here.