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Photo of an american basswood leaf

Identifying the leaves of trees native to northwest Iowa

kiley : October 18, 2017 11:05 am : Blog, mobile
Fall is the time of year to look at leaves. We pick them up and marvel at colors. We rake them up in the yard. We jump in the piles and toss them in the air. But what kind of leaf are you looking at? We have put together a list of ...
Photo of a woolly oak leaf gall

What is the fuzzy stuff on my oak leaves?

kiley : October 10, 2017 3:41 pm : Blog, mobile
You picked up a brown bur oak leaf and get grossed out that it looks like it’s molding. But those fuzzy spots on the leaf aren’t mold; in fact, they’re galls. A gall is a growth on a plant that develops due to insects that majority of the time. A female gallmaker ...
Photo of a female osprey with chicks

Osprey fly south in the winter to whereabouts unknown

kiley : October 3, 2017 1:22 pm : Blog, mobile
The Okoboji osprey pair and their three grown chicks are gone for the season, last spotted about the second week of September before heading south. But where exactly are they going? And why do they leave? Where are they going? We’re not exactly sure. Although the osprey male that has habited the Dickinson County ...
Photo of a nightshade plant

Looks like a baby tomato, smells like a tomato, not a tomato

kiley : September 27, 2017 7:00 am : Blog, mobile
We received a Facebook message the other day with a question about a plant with a tiny green berry that smelled like a tomato and looked like a tomato when it was cut open. But don’t eat it. It’s not a tomato. Black nightshade (Solanum ptycanthum) is in the nightshade family, which ...

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 ...
Photo of the solar eclipse in the clouds

Serial winner Alex Miles take home top slot again

kiley : September 13, 2017 8:49 am : Blog, mobile
I made hashmarks for each photo — with photographers anonymous — that our staff voted for in the fall photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Five hashmarks for his or her No. 1 pick, four for the No. 2 pick, three for No. 3 and so on. When the votes ...
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