The Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program welcomes back Bob VanErsvelde on Monday, April 9. VanErsvelde will present, “Iowa Birds and Bird Banding” at the Drake Community Library, from 10 to 11 a.m. The SE*ED programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are required and refreshments are available. Please know that seating is limited to the first 100 people.
Birding is a very popular pastime that provides many benefits such as time spent walking outdoors alone or with companions. Many enjoy viewing birds from their windows or backyards.
A local farmer and naturalist, VanErsvelde is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. His areas of study are plants and animals, with a special interest in native Iowa orchids.
The “green” theme continues through the month of April. Grinnell College student Ashraya Dixit will present “Straws of Steel,” about his upcoming peace project in Nepal to build low cost and energy efficient straw bale houses. Dixit was awarded a 2012 Davis Project for Peace, a $10,000 award for projects to encourage and motivate college students to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world.
Also on the April schedule is Jordan Scheibel of Imagine Grinnell to discuss Grinnell’s new single-stream recycling program on April 23.
Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.
Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC’s Office of Communications and Development at 641-236-2954 the Thursday before the program or if you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance,
you may also call 641-236-2954. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at www.grmc.us.