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Round, tiny and fluffy — participate in citizen science seed collecting program

kiley : October 13, 2017 9:47 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot and prairie dropseed seeds Like each prairie plant, each plant seed is also unique — from flat, round seeds attached to fluff in milkweed plants to long, oblong seeds from big bluestem. You can learn all about native prairie seeds and how to collect them and put that ...
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Fall bird migration through Iowa isn’t rushed

kiley : October 5, 2017 9:25 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
Sabine’s gull Sabine’s gulls are an Arctic species that typically migrate along the coasts or at sea, but one was spotted in Dickinson County in September. During the Sept. 30 Birdwatchers Anonymous birding trek, Lee Schoenewe and his group of birders found this rare species at a marsh just west of Little ...
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Cartographics and quilts: Shelley Cords-Swanson’s unique art is on display October-December

kiley : September 29, 2017 8:52 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
When Shelley Cords-Swanson was engaged to be married, she thought she should get a sewing machine and learn how to use it to hem pants, patch garments and other such duties. “I got the idea one day to see if I could make a quilt,” the Odin, MN, resident said. So she ...
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Welcome naturalist Ashley Hansen

kiley : September 22, 2017 9:22 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
When Ashley Hansen was an environmental conservation volunteer with the Peace Corps in Santo Domingo, Paraguay, she came across a little kitten with big ears. She adopted the cat and named her Nambi, which in the local native language of Guaraní in her village in Paraguay means “ear.” Even utilizing that ...

How do monarch butterflies find their way south?

kiley : September 20, 2017 3:34 pm : Blog, General Information, mobile
Those wonderful orange-and-black butterflies that we love so much. They fly overhead this time of year, and we know they are headed to their overwintering sites outside of Mexico City. But how do they get there? Plenty of studies have been done throughout the years to try to figure out how a ...
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Hike the Wild continues this fall

kiley : September 15, 2017 10:49 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The next Hike the Wild programs with the Dickinson County Conservation Board take people to sites outside of the county. “It’s just good to explore new places,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. Experience Fort Defiance State Park in the fall during the next hike Tuesday, Sept. 26. Meet at 9:30 a.m. ...
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