CLINTON — As actively engaged Rotarians, members offer to be responsible for choosing programs on a monthly basis. Programs for the month of February have been arranged by Rotarian Margo Hansen.
Today: Speaker is Jessica Steines, Clinton County Conservation. Program title: The return of megafauna in Iowa. Program summary: Lions, Wolves and Bears! Oh My! The return of megafauna in Iowa. Steines, an interpretive naturalist from Clinton County Conservation, will give some examples of where these and other large animals have recently been seen in state and give some insight on why. She will also touch on what is new and upcoming in Clinton County Conservation areas.
Feb. 12: Speaker will be Ed Britton, Wildlife Refuge Manager on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Program title: The importance of a national wildlife refuge to our community. Program summary: The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge borders the city of Clinton’s eastern shoreline. Established in 1924, the refuge includes 260,000 acres of public lands that extend 240 miles along the Mississippi River through four states and is the most visited national wildlife refuge in the United States with over 3 million visitors annually. The management and conservation of the river’s natural resources present a continuing challenge.
Feb. 19: Speaker will be Feral Anderson. Topic: Native American Indian artifacts/ mounds at Eagle Point Park. Program Title: The Hopewell Mound Building Culture at Albany and its place in the Hopewell World.
Program summary: 2,000 years ago, the Albany area was the location of a large population of Native Americans who were an important part of the Hopewell Culture, which was centered in Ohio, and extended from Canada to the gulf coast, and from the Missouri River to western New York. This culture represents one of the two cultural climaxes in Prehistoric Eastern North America. They constructed large mound complexes associated with geometrical ceremonial earthworks in Ohio that served as religious centers. The Albany site, as the largest Hopewell mound group and village complex in the upper Mississippi Valley, had perplexed archaeologists until the recent discovery that they were mining pipe stone and fabricating beautiful and exotic smoking pipes that were found in ceremonial contexts in Ohio and in many mound and village sites in the Mississippi, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio river valleys.
Anderson is the president of the Quad Cities Archaeological Society and the Friends of the Albany Indian Mounds Foundation. He has served as president and director of both the Iowa Archaeological Society and the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology. His goal is to preserve the archaeology of the Quad-City area, and led the successful effort to preserve the Albany Mounds village and mound complex.
Feb. 26: Program is to be determined.
Guests are invited to attend any of these programs by contacting a Rotarian. Luncheons are held at the Tuscany Event Center from noon to 1 p.m. each Monday.
The February Board meeting is scheduled for 7 a.m. Feb. 23 at U.S. Bank, 2300 N. Third St. All members are welcome.