Graphic defining asteroid

Did you know that April is Global Astronomy Month? When you look into the night sky, you can only see a small taste of what is actually out there. Stars, black holes, galaxies, comets, asteroids, meteors. However, sometimes that world of astronomy can get confusing quick. So we decided it would be wise to define…

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Photo of person fishing

Westport Park, located in the southwest corner of Dickinson County, is a little hidden gem for those looking to spend some time outdoors. Let’s take a look at five activities you can do at one of the county’s pristine parks: Fish Westport Park was once home to a state record bass. Even if you don’t…

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Photo of a geode

A geode has many definitions, comes in many shapes and sizes and has an interior that can look many different ways. This interesting natural phenomenon is Iowa’s state rock. Geodes begin when a cavity is formed inside of a rock, which can happen in different ways. First, geodes can form in igneous rock. When lava…

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Map of Horseshoe Bend with its oxbow

If you look at an aerial of Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area in Milford, you’ll see an area on the west that is a small body of water that juts off from the main meander of the Little Sioux River. This area is called an oxbow. Basically, this was once a part of the Little Sioux…

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Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area has a myriad of offerings for those looking to recreate outdoors, but we wanted to share five of our favorite, including some ideas that are out of the ordinary. 1.Challenge someone to a race. The tubing hill at Horseshoe Bend is fun in the winter, but it can offer fun even…

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Photo of melting ice

It seems pretty obvious how ice melts, right? It gets warm, so ice changes to its liquid form — water. However, the way that the lakes, including the Iowa Great Lakes, melt may be different than what you would think. Usually in March — the average date for ice out on East Lake Okoboji is…

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Photo of killdeer by water

When the days get longer and the temperatures get a little warmer, it signals that spring is on its way. You’ll even start to here winter bird residents begin to perk up, and you’ll start to see bird species that you haven’t seen for a while. Three of Iowa’s earliest spring avian arrivals are the…

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Photo of a brown marmorated stink bug

Environmentalists have been watching and waiting as new invasive species begin to take hold and move across the country and across Iowa. Jumping worms, the brown marmorated stink bug, the gypsy moth and the spotted lanternfly. Let’s take a look at a few of these up-and-coming invasives. Susan Day / UW Madison Arboretum Jumping worms…

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Photo of flying short-eared owl

Iowa is home to nine different owl species. You might not have seen all of them before, however, as two are state endangered — the short-eared owl and the barn owl — and one is state threatened — the long-eared owl. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts at each species,…

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Photo of a short-eared owl on the ground

You may not have even heard of the short-eared owl (Asio flammeus), because it is not common in Iowa. Although it is widely distributed throughout North America and is one of the world’s most distributed owls, it is endangered in the state of Iowa. Their “ears” are hard to see. One would think with “ears”…

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