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O.W.L.S. to meet

Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames. “Tropical Diversity: Why Should We Care?” will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 10, beginning at 11 a.m.

Biodiversity is the tropics’ claim to fame. Birds, mammals, plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians—all are abundant in the tropics. We live in the temperate region of the Earth, so why should WE care about the tropics? Join Dr. Jim Pease for an exploration of two tropical hotspots—Brazilian Amazon and Costa Rica.

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for “boomers” or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. Lunch is catered for a $7 fee, and registration is required for lunch by 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6. The planned lunch menu for December is lasagna bar, salad, breadsticks, and brownies.

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at, or visit

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