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It’s only natural

Emmet County naturalist Jenna Pollock tells Rotarians about her job — and how much fun it can really be.

February 28, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

You can have all the ecological habitat and facilities that you want, but without someone to interpret them, no one's going to know about them.

That's where Emmet

County naturalist Jenna Pollock comes in.

Pollock, an Elkader native, told Estherville Rotarians Thursday about the many facets of her job.

After serving two summers as an intern in Clayton County, Pollock graduated from Lutheran College in Decorah before joining the Emmet County Conservation Board as naturalist. With her main job as providing environmental education, Pollock set up a long-term environmental education program and in her first six months she's presented 98 programs to just under 2,000 people.

Pollock reminded Rotarians of the Emmet

County Nature Center Foundation banquet March 23 at the Estherville Elks Lodge. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the meal served at 5:30 and the program starting at 7. Tickets are limited to 250 total and are available by calling (712) 867-4422.

Pollock said the foundation's mission is to help generate funds to keep the Nature Center going. She noted that she's never seen an instance like Emmet County where the Nature Center was totally paid for by sponsorships and donations.

Pollock said new artwork is coming in for this year's ECNCF banquet and auction, including work by Larry Zach and Terry Redlin. She said there's also a chance board for a Bridges Bay weekend getaway. Another great prize is an H&R 12 gauge shotgun. Grand prize is a Nu Canoe which will be on display at this weekend's Farm and Home Show. Canoe raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10 or six for $20 and are available at the Nature Center or from any board member.

Pollock also outlined upcoming events.

Saturday, March 9 there will be a nest building workshop in which participants pay $10 to build a bluebird house.

Saturday, March 16 will be the St. Sustainable program in which Pollock will show participants ways to make household cleaning products from scratch.

Saturday, April 6 will be the second installment of the Garden Wild program which will discuss seed heritage.

Saturday, May 25 will be the Big Summer Kickoff featuring a new artifact display on loan as well as a Bigfoot presentation.

In a question-and-answer session that followed, Pollock noted the bald eagle migration is currently under way with up to 80 eagles flying by at one time along the Mississippi River. She noted there's an eagle nest across from the Nature Center.

Pollock said the Decorah eagle cam indicates the eagles likely went elsewhere - possibly camera shy and tired of stardom.



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