Innsbrook Eclipse Viewing Party

Hello Innsbrook Neighbors,

We are now less than two weeks from a nature event of a lifetime: a rare total solar eclipse whose narrow path will pass right through Innsbrook on Monday, August 21. The Innsbrook Nature Group (IBK’ng), with the kind help of the property owners association, has organized a FestEclipse viewing party that is open and free to all property owners and registered guests to be held at the Charrette Creek Commons starting at 11:00 am.

Photo Courtesy NASA

We have also published the Innsbrook Guide to the Great American Eclipse on our website www.ibknature.com under the Events menu at https://ibknature.com/events/solar-eclipse-2017/. On this page you will find:

  • Schedule for the day
  • What to bring and where to set up
  • Safety cautions and where to find glasses
  • Maps showing where in Missouri the eclipse will be total
  • What to expect during the eclipse
  • Resources and tips for photographers
  • References to learn more about the science of the eclipse
  • Recommended reading list
  • Eclipse trivia and soundtracks to the Sun
  • An RSVP form to help us plan

With so much information you can also save and print this website page out as a PDF document by downloading it at: IBK Nature Solar Eclipse Info v3.

Note that the party will go one regardless of the weather as we will be live streaming NASA TV as it shows the eclipse moving across the country at over 1,600 mph.

This is a property owner run event, so if you can help volunteer with the fun before or during, please let us know by sending us an email to info@ibknature.com.

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Rich McFall & Kath Kremer for the Innsbrook Nature Group

Nature Stream Hike July 29

News About Meadows Trail Hike & Charrette Creek Monitoring 

All are welcomed to join us at 10 am this Saturday morning, July 29, for a guided nature hike on the Meadows Trail as it meanders alongside the Charrette Creek just downstream of Lake Aspen.  Missouri Master Naturalists and Missouri Stream Team Volunteers Allison Volk and Leslie Limberg will guide us as we learn about local stream health, lake watershed protection, the impact of pollutants on macroinvertebrates, and how algae blooms happen. We will pause at several locations along the 1 mile hike with an option to step into the shallow waters of Charrette Creek for a closer look.

The Charrette Creek flows alongside the Meadows Trail

Of considerable timely importance is that we will learn how citizens can monitor the health of a stream like Charrette Creek which is recovering from an accidental sewage spill and fish kill that sadly occurred at Innsbrook over the July 4 holiday week. More information was reported in our local newspaper at Warren County News. We expect to share the latest test results from the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources and previously asked that Innsbrook Resort keep us informed as well.

During the hike we will hear what’s involved with creating a Volunteer Stream Team within the Village of Innsbrook to supplement the work of our Lakes of Missouri Monitoring volunteers. Consider bringing a student in the family who would like to participate in an earth sciences project for extra credit or add an eco-volunteer activity to their college application.

We will meet at the Meadows Trail Head along Meadow Valley Drive at 10 am. We suggest that you bring water, bug spray, a hat, camera, and wear hiking shoes, boots, or water sandals. A hiking stick is also recommended. The hike will take about 1.5 hours. There will be 2-3 strictly optional opportunities to step into Charrette Creek, but in water only ankle deep. Most of the hike will be on ground and in the shade, except for the walk at the end back along Meadow Valley Drive to the trail head, unless you return the way you came.

As this event is not an Innsbrook Resort sponsored hike, and we are an informal group of nature loving property owners, the decision to hike in hot weather and navigate any hazards along the trail or in the stream is at your discretion and responsibility. For questions please email info@ibknature.com or visit the Innsbrook Resort website page on the Meadows Trail at http://www.innsbrook-resort.com/recreation/nature-trails/meadows. Hope to see you there!

Innsbrook Nature Summer News

In the Summer 2017 Innsbrook Nature Newsletter learn about: our plans to celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, a guided “wet” hike along the Meadows Trail on July 29, updates on our bald eagle and red fox families, fireworks and the environment, the new Missouri Birding Trail, tips for living in harmony with nature, warmer climates and ticks, certified wildlife communities, results from the latest nature appreciation survey, and much more!

To view the IBK Nature Group’s latest newsletter go to https://ibknature.com/newsletters/summer-2017-newsletter/ or visit www.ibknature.com then navigate to the newsletters menu.

Path of the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse Goes Thru Innsbrook!

The Diamond Ring Eclipse We Can Expect to See

More information on the Total Solar Eclipse and our festeclipse watch party plans can be found at https://ibknature.com/events/solar-eclipse-2017/.

 

Nature Photography Workshop this Saturday Morning

Reminder of the Innsbrook Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop this Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 am

The first Innsbrook Nature Group Chautauqua event for the summer will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 10:30 am – 12 noon at the Charrette Creek Commons meeting room. We are excited to host a visit by Gary Hesse who is a professional photographer that teaches nature photography classes at Meramec Community College. Gary will present a fast-paced program of tips and tricks for getting those special nature photographs of landscapes and wildlife. Bring your camera and questions.

Photo of IBK Fox Kits by Cindy Bowers

 

We also invite our own Innsbrook photo enthusiasts to join us and share what they have learned practicing their hobby in such a perfect setting. Just how did Cindy Bowers get these young fox kits to look right at the camera without running away?

 

 

If you need more inspiration to sharpen your camera skills, then view some of these amazing photos of Innsbrook’s very own Bald Eagle family taken by Innbrook Nature Group (IBK’ng) followers at  https://ibknature.com/gallery/innsbrook_eagles/. And how big of a lens, or tall of a ladder, did Allison Volk need to get those photographs of eagle chicks in their nest?

The event from 10:30 am to 12 noon is free and open to all. At 1 pm, after an on-your-own lunch break and weather permitting, there will be an optional photo expedition along an Innsbrook nature trail for those who desire additional hands-on instruction directly from our guest instructor and resident experts.

Hope to see you there!

Innsbrook Nature Events Coming Soon (Corrected)

Missouri Conservationists to Visit Innsbrook for Book Signing & Wine Tasting on Friday, May 19

The Innsbrook Property Owners Association has invited Dan and Connie Burkhardt to visit Innsbrook on Friday evening, May 19, at 7 pm in the Charrette Creek Commons meeting room. Having worked with the Ted Jones family, who founded Edward Jones and later championed the Katy Trail, they are outspoken nature lovers of rural Missouri.  The Burkhardt’s are also founders of the Katy Land Trust (www.katylandtrust.org) that works to preserve the great beauty and heritage of the Missouri River Valley while promoting regional tourism.

They will discuss and sign copies of their most recent book “Growing Up With the River” that tells the history of the Missouri River Valley from the adventures of children over nine generations of families who inhabited our region. While it’s a great gift book for kids to enjoy at their Innsbrook retreat, we adults can learn much about the history of the local area.  This latest book follows their beautifully photographed “Missouri River Country: 100 Miles of Stories and Scenery From Hermann to the Confluence”.

Dan and Connie also own Bethlehem Valley Wines, located not that far from Innsbrook in Marthasville, and have recently restored the historic Peers General Store in Treloar. You are invited to arrive a few minutes early to sample some of their wines they have promised to bring along! Hope to see you there.

Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop on Saturday, June 3

Our first Nature Chautauqua event for the summer will be on Saturday, June 3, from 10:30 am – 12 noon at the Charrette Creek Commons meeting room. We are excited to host a visit by Gary Hesse who is a professional photographer that teaches nature photography classes at Meramec Community College. Gary will present a fast-paced program of tips and tricks for getting those special outdoor photographs of landscapes and wildlife. Bring your camera and questions.

Photo of IBK Fox Kits by Cindy Bowers

 

We also invite our own Innsbrook photo enthusiasts to join us and share what they have learned practicing their hobby in such a perfect setting. Just how did Cindy get these fox kits to look right at the camera without running away?

 

 

If you need more inspiration to sharpen your camera skills, then view some of these amazing photos of Innsbrook’s very own Bald Eagle family taken by Nature Group followers at  https://ibknature.com/gallery/innsbrook_eagles/.

The event from 10:30 am to 12 noon is free and open to all. At 1 pm, after a lunch break and weather permitting, there will be an optional hands-on photo expedition along an Innsbrook trail for those who desire more personalized instruction directly from our guest expert. 

Power of Nature

Some parts of Innsbrook received more than 6 inches of rain over the weekend. Witness the power of nature by looking at the torrents of water rushing along tributaries of Charrette Creek and turning normally dry dam spillways in to white water rapids.

 

Innsbrook Nature Spring Newsletter Now Available

Dear Innsbrook Nature Enthusiasts,

The Innsbrook Nature Group has published its Spring 2017 newsletter on our website at https://ibknature.com/newsletters/spring-2017-newsletter/. In this issue you will find nature news and guest articles on: survey results of how well we live in harmony with nature, Innsbrook’s growing eagle family, a tour of Innsbrook trails, nature photography workshop this June, cougars are now close by in Missouri, bird feeding tips, phenology and climate change, and results from the recent dark sky survey and winter bird count. (If you have trouble viewing this secure page, just go to http://www.ibknature.com then to the newsletter menu.)

If you read something of interest or learned something new please share this with your Innsbrook friends and neighbors who may not yet be on our newsletter notification list. They can sign-up by providing their email address where prompted in the top right-hand side field of any website page, including this one. Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Hour (tonight) on Saturday, March 25, at 8:30 pm by turning your lights off for just one hour to enjoy rural darkness.

Naturalized daffodils are popping up all over Innsbrook’s forest floors.