What's New at Izaak?
The St. Joseph County Izaak Walton League is awarding a five hundred dollar ($500.00) scholarship to a senior graduate attending a St. Joseph County high school in the state of Indiana.
Deadline for consideration is April 30, 2017. The individual selected will be notified in May, 2017.
Click on the link above for more details!
Our Izaak Walton League will be begin the indoor archery league starting on January 3rd and running through March 28, 2017. To join, just show up at the first or any subsequent meeting.
Dates - Every Tuesday between January 3, 2017 and March 28, 2017
Location - Izaak Walton Clubhouse
Time - 6:30pm
Cost - $72.00 for club members, $96.00 for non-club members
Format - 2 person teams, 80% handicap, 12 week league
Rewards - For each point the team wins, each person receives $1 per point
Santa is coming to the IKES on Wednesday, December 14th from 6-8:30 P.M.
He has gifts for all the good boys and girls along with FREE hot dogs, fries, hot chocolate, cider and cookies for the whole family. Come join the fun! This free event is being held to honor our valued members. Without you, we could not survive as an organization. Please come on out the 14th for some great food and presents for the kids or grand kids! Reservations are recommended but not required by calling 272-3660. Give us a Jingle and visit Kris Kringle!
Izaak Walton will be hosting it's 76th Annual Feather Party on Wednesday, November 16th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
The Feather Party is an annual fundraiser with door prizes, raffles, 50/50s, tipboards and turkey give-away! It's always a great time.
There will be plenty of tickets available at the door. Tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be used for food and drinks. Tickets should have been received by our IWLA members last week. The stubs should be mailed back in by Monday, November 7th.
We are also in need of donations, tip board items and door prizes. We also need help during the event selling tickets and in the kitchen. Proceeds from the event will be used to replace the garage door at the caretakers house and provide a work trailer for the caretaker.
If you are willing to donate or volunteer for the event, please contact Mike Hay at 574-271-0973 (Home) or 269-240-8756 (Cell).
We welcome Mr. Scott Namestnik, senior botanist from Orbis Environmental
Consulting to the IKES on Wednesday, October 19th.
Mr. Namestnik will discuss the pre-settlement plant communities that were found in present day St. Joseph County and what remains of those today. St. Joseph County was covered with various types of forests, wetlands and prairies prior to being largely drained, cleared, farmed and developed. Scott has spent the last 2 decades conducting vascular plant surveys and mapping invasive and rare species. He also conducts plant ID workshops. Our Izaak Walton grounds offer some of the last remaining pre-settlement communities so his program will be very related to the IKES!
This program should not be missed! Scott’s discussion is one example of how we can understand what we have around us and what we can do to make improvements! Do not miss this one! Remember, November 16th is the Feather Party. Look for your tickets in the mail in a few weeks. It’s our only fund-raiser of the year and your chance to win a Turkey!
Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.
Menu: Roast Beef with the trimmings
Cost: $9 for adults, $6 for 12 and under, and free hot dogs for the little ones!
Call in your reservations by Tuesday October, 18th by 10 A.M. at 272-3660 See you there!
Izaak Walton will be a hosting a "Learn to Shoot" program for all ages to learn the basics of archery. Equipment will be provided and there is no cost!
When: November 3, 10 and 17, 2016 from 6-8 PM
Where: Izaak Walton League clubhouse (20400 Darden Rd)
Who: Anyone is welcome, but we request you register so we have an idea of how much equipment we need.
The Holiday 450 tournament has been held for the better part of 25 years. It attracts some of the best shooters from a 5 state area. Door prizes are awarded to each individual that competes.
This year it'll be held at the Izaak Walton clubhouse on: Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th, 2016. Two lines each day from 11AM & 3PM
We welcome Mr. Steve Sass from the Michiana Audubon Society to the IKES on Wednesday, Sept. 21st.
Mr. Sass will discuss the rich and dynamic history of bird conservation. He will explain the many methods and techniques various Audubon chapters employ to nurture our feathered friends. He will also discuss what the local Audubon chapter is doing right here in our own community for bird conservation.
Find out how important and valuable the role birds play in the health of our ecosystem. This will be an enlightening and educational program for all ages. Bring a friend!
Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.
Menu: Roast pork tenderloin with the trimmings
Cost: $9 for adults and FREE Hot Dogs 12 and under!
Call in your reservations by Tuesday Sept. 20th by 10 A.M. at 272-3660. View the full newsletter by clicking the title above.
On Sunday 9-11-16, a volunteer work party sprayed the Phragmite reeds that have infested the 3rd Pond at the Saint Joseph County Chapter, Izaak Walton facility in South Bend, Indiana.
The Phragmite reeds are a fast-growing, non-native, invasive aquatic plant that can reach heights of 12-feet and that form thickets so dense that they prevent the growth of virtually any other vegetation. Left unchecked, the Phragmite reed infestation has the potentially to quickly spread across most of the area of the 3rd pond. In addition to displacing native vegetation, the Phragmite thickets provide poor-to-no value as a food source or habitat for native wildlife, and they block access to the pond for fishing.
The reeds were selectively sprayed with "Shore-Klear Plus", a recommended Glyphosate herbicide specially formulated for use on aquatic plants such as Phragmites and that is safe for fish. Taking advantage of the low water level in the pond, it was possible to reach much of the reed areas by walking and wading. In other areas, a canoe was used to access the reeds for spraying. Most areas of the reeds were sprayed around the perimeter of the pond, although in some of the very dense areas of the reed infestation, it was impossible to reach all the reeds for spraying (follow-up spraying likely will be needed next year).
It is expected the seed fronds will be burned later in the winter, followed by a second round of spraying and burning next year.
I imagine many of you haven't been out to the park over the last few days with all the rain. In fact, we received an a record amount of rain yesterday, shattering the old record by almost 2 inches.
One of our trustee volunteers (once a meteorologist) braved the rain to snap a picture and take a video of the spillway.