New Outdoor Birding Exhibits Arrive at Hitchcock Nature Center

New Outdoor Birding Exhibits Arrive at Hitchcock Nature Center

By Jeff Franco, Operations Supervisor
Pottawattamie County Conservation is pleased to announce the completion of a bird identification exhibit on the grounds of Hitchcock Nature Center’s Loess Hills Lodge.  The completed exhibit includes four bird identification panels located in front and behind the lodge, naturalized landscaping, and two pairs of big-eye binoculars on the lodge deck that provide equal viewing access opportunities to children and persons with disabilities. The exhibit was made possible by generous donations from the Beth Borholdt West Family, Union Pacific, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation, the Jerry Mathiason Family, the Jansenius Family, and the Hansen Family in memory of Jeanne Hansen. Their generous support has enhanced the ability of the public to experience the natural world and the beauty of birds at Hitchcock Nature Center.IMG_1516

About Our Donors.

IMG_1517The Beth Borholdt West Family donation was made in remembrance of Beth Bornholdt West, an avid and passionate lover of all things natural. Whether at home or away, in state or national parks, Beth loved to sit among the trees and the timber, absorbing her surroundings from the beauty of the sky to the worlds beneath her feet; there was no living thing too small or too undeserving of her notice and care. She felt strongly about conservation and the protection of our natural environments, particularly treed areas, as a means to protect the birds, the beasts, and the natural order.  This gift to Pottawattamie County Conservation in her memory serves to promote the virtues, appreciation, and protection of nature that Beth so loved.
Union Pacific Railroad is dedicated to protecting the environment through continuously improving its management systems, operating efficiency, and by contributions to groups dedicated to the conservation of the natural world.  Union Pacific has been a generous supporter of Pottawattamie County Conservation (PCC) in the past and PCC looks forward to continued support from Union Pacific in the future.  More on Union Pacific Railroad’s commitment to the environment can be found on their website, www.up.com.
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IMG_1515The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) improves the lives of Pottawattamie County’s residents by providing a clear path for citizens and groups looking to support worthy causes in and around our community. Pottawattamie County Conservation (PCC) is grateful to have received support from PCCF in support of PCC’s efforts to protect and enhance our natural areas.  More information on providing support through PCCF can be found on PCCF’s website, www.ourpccf.org.
The Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation (PCF) is comprised of tireless individuals dedicated to the conservation of Pottawattamie County’s natural resources.   Whether supporting public environmental education or land acquisitions in the Loess Hills, PCF has a history of strong support for Pottawattamie County Conservation’s mission and goals. With their support of the exhibit, PCF has exemplified once again what it means to lead in the conservation of our natural resources. To learn more about PCF, to become a member, or to donate, visit their website, http://www.pottawattamieconservationfoundation.com/.
Jerry and Cindy Mathiason and their family, through the Mathiason Family Fund, provide generous support for noteworthy causes throughout our community. Support for the bird exhibit was a Mathiason family-affair as even the Mathiason’s grandchildren contributed from their piggy banks.  Cindy and Jerry continue to be examples to the community and their children and grandchildren, of what it means to give back.
IMG_1512As long-time friends of Pottawattamie County Conservation (PCC), the Jansenius Family has provided consistent support for PCC’s mission and goals.  The late Harry and Edna Jansenius instilled a deep respect for the natural world in their children and grandchildren, especially those areas at Hitchcock Nature Center, encouraging them to explore, enjoy, and protect our natural environments.  The Jansenius Family was pleased to once again support PCC by donating to the bird exhibit. The family feels their donation is a fitting tribute to Harry and Edna, who so loved the Loess Hills and the birds that grace its woodlands and skies.
A native of Pottawattamie County and resident of Crescent, Iowa, Jeanne Hansen was a devoted birder.   She loved spending time watching and feeding the birds that visited her property daily and even had a cardinal that knew to visit her when she clapped her hands. Jeanne’s sons Bob and Mike wanted to remember their mother by donating to a cause that promoted one of their mother’s great passions, the birds of western Iowa and the Loess Hills.IMG_1518