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Burn off all those Thanksgiving calories with our Turkey Trot Hike

November 16, 2018

Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey was a more respectable bird than the bald eagle. It’s a myth that he wanted the national bird to be a turkey but rather that he was not pleased with the choice of the eagle and thought the depiction looked like a turkey. “I am…

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Stuck in the rut — 8 facts about whitetail deer rut

November 14, 2018

You’ve probably heard of the rut. And if you’re a deer hunter, then you most definitely have. However, there may be some facts about rut that you’re not overly familiar with. 1. Rut is a word for deer breeding season, not just the peak. It actually means all behaviors and…

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Wonder why leaves change color in the fall?

November 13, 2018
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Can you find them all? Try our indoor/outdoor fall scavenger hunt

November 13, 2018

The weather is chilly, but that doesn’t mean that kids hibernate. Your kids are still as active as ever, and they want something to occupy their time. You want something to occupy their time too. Why not print off our fall scavenger hunt? There are indoor and outdoor items to…

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2018-19 Early winter weather predictions

November 7, 2018

With colder temperatures dominating this week, most of us are wondering what is in store for this winter. The consensus seems to be that the 2018-19 winter, at least through January, will be warmer than average, but the precipitation outlook varies. (Enjoy fall while it’s here by identifying some of…

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This turkey is unbe-leaf-ably cute

November 5, 2018

To go along with our blog about turkeys this week (read it here), we thought we might as well make a turkey-themed nature craft too. You will just need a few supplies: Turkey template printed on white paper (Find the template here) Leaves White computer paper Crayons Scissors Glue Begin…

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Why turkeys look so odd

November 5, 2018

Turkeys are odd-looking creatures. With their bumpy red heads, hanging flaps of skin around their faces and large tails, wild turkeys are quite a sight. The odd parts of their bodies also have interesting names and purposes. Let’s look at some of the body parts that make a turkey unique.…

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Recycling center begins winter hours

November 2, 2018

The Dickinson Recycling Center continues operation throughout the winter season, with altered hours. (Learn more about the recycling center here.) The Dickinson Recycling Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Nov. 1-March 31 at 2260 220th St. in Milford. “We have the same services, just different hours,”…

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Tell apart finches at your feeder

October 31, 2018

Not all finches have “finch” as part of their name, so you might be surprised just how many finches you have at your feeder. Common redpoll, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager, indigo bunting — all of these are actually finches. (Nine fun facts about woodpeckers) However, most of these…

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Don’t forget to recycle during the holidays this year

October 29, 2018

Tis the season for celebrations. From Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, we’re all in the holiday spirit — whatever your favorite holiday is. However, sometimes what comes with holidays is waste. There are Halloween candy wrappers, uneaten Thanksgiving leftovers, Christmas wrapping paper — so much of our holidays end up…

Pinki the tarantula molts

October 24, 2018

We came in to work to find Pinki the tarantula on her back in her desert aquarium. Like many people who see a tarantula in this position, our first thought was “Is she dead?” She wasn’t moving. Her legs were wide apart. She was on her back. She certainly appeared…

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Five differences between coyotes and wolves

October 22, 2018

I still remember the first time I heard a coyote pack howl as dusk began to settle on the Iowa Great Lakes area. On a walk at Kettleson Hogsback, the sun started to set above the calm shallow lakes, and a high-pitched howl began in the distance. Another answered it.…

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