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ISU hosts pollinator workshop

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium at Iowa State University is hosting a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Maquoketa for landowners who want to learn more about establishing habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

The meeting will be at the Jackson County Conservation Bureau.

Monarch populations have declined markedly over the past 20 years due to a loss of grassland habitat and the elimination of native milkweeds. To address this issue, Farm Bill conservation programs can provide financial and technical assistance to landowners to implement practices that provide breeding and foraging habitat.

Iowa NRCS currently has two conservation program opportunities specially earmarked for this: The funding deadline is March 2 for  the Conservation Stewardship Program and March 16 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

 For more information, go to ia.nrcs.usda.gov, call 515-294-9277 or email to schweitz@iastate.edu

Talk looks at hydrangeas, lilacs

A free presentation on hydrangeas and lilacs will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Wallace's Garden Center, Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.

Nursery staff will discuss the different types, including which are best-suited to Iowa and Illinois, as well as best sites for planting and how to take care of them.

Classes teach art, crochet, florals

Black Hawk College is offering the following community education classes at its Quad-Cities campus in Moline:

 • Watercolor painting, Reflections, Shadows, Puddles and Other Techniques, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-27. The cost is $39.

• Beginning crochet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-27. The cost is $44.

• Advanced floral design I, 5:45-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-27. The cost is  $150.

• Drawing the face, Creating Self-Portraits/Portraits, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, March 7-28. The cost is $39.

To register, call 309-796-8223 or visit www.bhc.edu/pace.

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