PCC Founded 1958 * MARCH 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 March 14, 2020 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 and
Bill Iltzsche biltzsche@hotmail.com 219-464-9850

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March 7 -- IWLA Indiana Division meeting, PCC Hosting

For the March meeting of the Indiana Division IWLA, the Porter County Chapter will be hosting the meeting at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion. The south end of Lake Michigan has been taking a beating this winter and if the Pavilion becomes unusable, we will host the meeting at the Miller Chapter.


This video is from November, the wetland to the right is now connected to the lake—this is where we will have the March meeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjcgGNAIgwg

Watch the Newspapers for the Announcement:

The Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is proud to host the all-day IWLA Indiana Division meeting on March 7. "This is probably the first time in our 60 years that we'll be hosting one of these meetings," said Executive Director, Annette Hansen, "We don't have a chapter house like most Ikes. Porter County Chapter holds 5 properties in northwest Indiana for conservation, education and recreation only." PCC President, Gary Brown and VP, Jim Sweeney were honored to be invited to host. They will hold the meeting at the Portage Riverwalk Pavillion from 8am-3pm. While overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, participants will be having breakfast and lunch prepared and served by PCC volunteers. PCC's Planning Committee will be following a strict protocol of no waste, using only washable cups, plates and tableware. "In a world of convenience, it's hard to be sustainable everyday, but events like this can set a good example for daily conservation." Hansen added. To learn more about the Izaak Walton Porter County Chapter, see Facebook@pcciwla or NWIConservation.org


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3/7 IN Div Meeting hosted by PCC

Portage Riverwalk Pavillion


3/10 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p Brummitt School


3/14 March PCC Monthly Meeting*

1-3p Thomas Library 2nd floor meeting room


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


4/25 Water Quality Symposium (PCC Bat Adoption)

TBA Valpo University by EarthTones Club


5/12 Family Nature Night

6-7:30p Discovery Charter School


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

(6/27 rain date)


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 our involvement with LaPorte Garden Show 3/21 and Earth Day on 4/18.

Growing at the Garden Show

Annette, Gary and Don made some new friends at the 2020 Master Gardener's Garden Show in January. Annette was given a copy (for the bat education box) of a chidren's bat book called 'Nightwings' by it's author John Mitchell. She invited John to partner with us during Family Nature Nights and he will be joining in for all 4 this spring. He'll do readings of his realistic story of a day-in-the-life of a bat. Jim Albers of the Master Gardeners in Porter County will also be tabling as a partner with his 'Ask a Master Gardener' booth. And the Porter County Recycling Team will be joining our ranks as well!

We also received $562 in donations for Bat Adoptions. And, we've been invited back again for next year's Garden Show.

Spring Family Nature Nights

All Family Nature Nights will set-up at 5-5:30 and the events run 6-7:30pm. Partners will table with PCC;

*3/10 at Brummitt School

*4/2 at Northview School

*4/15 at Liberty Elementary School

*5/12 at Discovery Charter School

PCC volunteers: Please share what you know about conservation with these young people; let Annette Hansen know what area you can help in. executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com or

THANK YOU to our current list of alternating Family Nature Night partners:

PCC Volunteers at the Welcome Table (Gary Brown, Bill Iltzche & Don Frame)

Jim Sweeney w/ Macros & Save Our Streams

Gene Clifford with Cavity Nesters

Archery with 4-H Trackers club

Pine Cone Birdfeeders with Marilyn Spencer

Susan Swarner's Westchester History Museum's fossil dig

BAT Watch 2020 - Annette Hansen with Bat Adoptions

John Mitchell "Nightwings" book reading area

4-H Trackers Club with animal track i.d.

Chesterton Feed and Garden with seed craft

Chain of Lakes - Run-off Water table

McCarthy Boas (constrictors)

PoCo 4-H Beekeeping with virtual reality

Dunes Learning Center (2 tables) Birds

National Park service with Furs and Friends

Shirley Heinze Land Trust with Acidity display

Humane IN Wildlife Rehab Center with Owls or Oppossum

Field Museum's Jim Louderman with Insect collection

Gabis Purdue Arboretum with tree i.d.

PoCo Parks with nature craft/activity

Ask a Master Gardener with Jim Albers

Ferguson Taxidermy

Porter County Recycling

grateful for donations

PCC would like to give a special thank you to Discovery Trackers 4-H Club for a $615 donation to PCC's Bat Habitat restoration projects from their 5th annual Soup Social.

LMCP Grant request for Bat Monitoring by pcc is denied

This rejection letter from Grant Specialist Sarah Nimetz of DNR:

I am writing to inform you that The Izaak Walton League's Full Proposal to the IDNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program for your project "IWLA-PCC & Partners NWI Bat Project" has not been approved for funding for the 2020 funding cycle.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program chose not to fund this project because the project needed stronger partnerships, including IN DNR State Mammologist, with more experience in bat monitoring to ensure quality of data collected. Consider becoming certified with USGS through the NaBat program before implementing this project in the future.

The Lake Michigan Coastal Grants Program received many excellent project proposals again this year. As in past years, the DNR Technical Advisory Board worked with the Coastal Advisory Board and LMCP staff to thoroughly review each project Full Proposal. Should you have any additional questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact me at: snimetz@dnr.in.gov<mailto:snimetz@dnr.in.gov>. Thank you for your interest in our program and helping care for our coastal resources.