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What is a wetland?

As Iowa’s landscape changed, so did its wildlife. Some animals were even extirpated (read about that here), but professionals have worked hard to restore some of Iowa’s native areas to increase wildlife habitat, improve water quality and help our pollinators. “Wetlands are being restored in certain areas,” said Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist…

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Free pollinator activity book download

Download the free Pollinator Paradise activity book, full of free games, facts and coloring pages. You can find even more fun with our free Okoboji Osprey activity book as well!

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Incomplete metamorphosis — what is that??

The majestic monarch goes through four stages in its life cycle — egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa) and adult butterfly. Insects that go through four stages have what is called complete metamorphosis. (Read about the monarch’s life cycle here) However, not all insects go through all four stages in their life cycle; some only go…

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