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A stroll through Kenue Park

October 14, 2015

The scent of fall is in the air. To me the scent of fall means dry leaves, wood smoke and a hint of chill to the air. Take a breath and it awakens the spirit. My eyes open wider and search for the beautiful change of colors. My lungs take…

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Save the bees, save the honey

October 7, 2015

With all the reasons out there to work to save our bees, one reason is definitely delicious — honey. (Honeybees and their native relatives) Not only is it scrumptious, but it also has many other appealing qualities: 1. Honey doesn’t spoil. The oldest honey was found in the country of…

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Save the Bees, Save the World… From Bombs?

September 30, 2015

In this next part of our Save the Bees, Save the World series, we explore a different reason why bees are such incredible creatures. (Without native bees, we wouldn’t have blueberries.)

Spring Run Shooting Range fundraiser

September 28, 2015

As many of you have heard over the past few months, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Dickinson County Conservation Board have been working updating the Spring Run Shooting Range. Last winter the Dickinson County Conservation Board completed a needs assessment, and the Spring Run range was one…

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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…

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