Posts by kiley

Okoboji seagulls aren’t sea gulls at all

Photo of a ring-billed gull

There is no such thing as a seagull. All gulls have proper names, none of which is sea. We posted this Noon Nature Fact on our Facebook page last week and had several comments on it. I knew that there were lots of species of gulls, but honestly didn’t realize that none were technically called…

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Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt

I don’t really want to sit at my desk today. I want to go outside! This weekend was really the first weekend I felt the warm sun on my skin, and the winds that flew were cool instead of frigid. It felt wonderful, and it finally feels like spring is showing its face. So instead…

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Birding on the Green is perfect for all ages of bird lovers

People looking through binoculars

Even with recent snowstorms, birder Ed Thelen isn’t worried about there being birds in the area during the first Birding on the Green event 7 a.m. Monday, May 7. “I think birds migrate on the photo period, so I think it will be the same as usual,” he said. “We get a good diversity of…

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Will these winter storms affect birds that have come north?

We had a call yesterday that someone found a dead robin. Talking to a local birder, a friend of his found a group of eastern phoebes that had all died. The birds that stay in Iowa through the winter are adapted at finding food, but those that migrate and come back to find spring storm…

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Honeybees are not native bees, surprised?

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“I think a lot of people will be surprised to hear honeybees are not native to North or South America; we brought them here for honey production and to pollinate some of our plant species.” (Six ways honeybees differ from native bees) Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board, will talk…

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Osprey Diaries: Home sweet new home

“On the road again. I can’t wait to get on the road again.” The song kept rolling through my head as I sat in beautiful South America, watching the waves roll on the Atlantic Ocean. My wings were just itching to start flying the 4,000 miles that would take me back to my beloved breeding…

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4 ways to tell apart swans and snow geese

Photo of a tundra swan

It’s a big, white bird paddling on that body of water. But what exactly is it? Most likely, it’s a trumpeter swan if you’re in Iowa. The trumpeter swans is native to the state and is the biggest waterfowl native to the U.S., its wingspan reaching up to 8 feet — that’s taller than Yao…

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Easy and inexpensive pipe cleaner animals

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I was flipping through Pinterest last night when I saw some photos of amazing miniature animal creations and realized that they were all made out of pipe cleaners. That’s something we have a lot of in the craft supply area at the nature center, so I figured it would be the perfect craft to feature…

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Earth Day Celebration Trivia Night is family friendly

Photo of a poster for Earth Day

Do you know what the monarch butterfly’s host plant is? What about the 10 essentials for hiking? Put your outdoor knowledge to the test during the Earth Day Celebration Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “Through the years, we’ve celebrated Earth Day week in a lot…

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