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Save the Bees, save the world: Part II

September 23, 2015

We’ve all seen a movie about the future that shows a picture of a desolate world. That world is usually dark, dusty and barren. In “The Matrix,” the real world has almost no natural light. Everything is rocky, and there is not a flower to be seen. “The Book of…

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Save the Bees, Save the World

September 16, 2015

Save the bees, save the world. That seems like quite a stretch, but really, bees do so much more than people think. As our bee populations slowly decrease thanks to disease, loss of habitat, pesticide use and more, the nation and the world are starting to see the ramifications of…

Monarch tagging — what now?

September 9, 2015

During the Bee & Butterfly Festival, almost 300 monarch butterflies were tagged through the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch program. What happens now? The butterflies were released into the Kenue Park prairie and are now making their ways south to certain forests in Mexico where monarchs overwinter each year. In…

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Monarch Watch sees uptick in eggs

August 18, 2015

Many times, we get questions such as “Why don’t I see this species anymore?” or “These creatures used to be everywhere and now I barely see them.” Sometimes, like in the case of monarchs, populations really have decreased in recent years. Sometimes it is because someone now lives in an…

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The Nature Store is open at the Dickinson County Nature Center

August 5, 2015

I don’t have much of a background in sales — OK, I don’t have any background in sales. So when we started the Nature Store at the Dickinson County Nature Center there was a lot of research done that helped us figure out what items to stock. We started off…

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Confused about the new federal pollinator initiative?

July 31, 2015

Check out this article from the LaCross Tribune! http://lacrossetribune.com/news/federal-pollinator-plan-needs-a-billion-milkweed-plants-for-monarch/article_55bb0303-c217-5d66-8472-1efff1be0c74.html Remember, we are still selling butterfly milkweed seedlings for $5 each at the Nature Store in the Dickinson County Nature Center. You can plant them until fall, so there’s plenty of time to make your landscaping pollinator friendly.

Protected Iowa species

July 22, 2015

Check out this article from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources about which some species in Iowa you might not know were protected. (Seven ugly Iowa mammals) 6 Animals You Might Not Know are Protected in Iowa Friday, July 17, 2015 by Iowa DNR An animal doesn’t need to be endangered…

Frass happens

July 20, 2015

We see the frass (excrement) in the bottom of the monarch caterpillar containers in the Butterfly Enclosure in Pollinator Paradise, but we never really see it in process. Here’s a video to liven up your day! Hopefully you get a kick out of it! (Read about the majestic monarch’s life…

Iowa Public Radio features Grandpa, Grandma & Me! camp

July 15, 2015

Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank featured two short stories about the Grandpa, Grandma & Me! camp July 30-31 at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Register online by July 16.

What do bees look like when they hatch?

July 10, 2015

Check out how honeybees differ from native bees by clicking here.

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What’s going on with the bees?

July 8, 2015

A federal survey found that beekeepers in the United States lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year. That is huge. And the Dickinson County Nature Center was not exempt. If you visited the nature center May-June, you might have noticed the sparse number of bees in the…

Will the mama bird take her baby back if you touch it?

June 30, 2015

We are planning on redoing our landscaping, and a volunteer bush on the corner of the house needs to come out. However, my husband Snapchatted a picture to me of a robin, and she decided to make her nest right in the bush. Needless to say, that bush will not…

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