Photo of a pendulum hanging

It just takes a couple of supplies you have around the house to create a new decoration for your room — a snake pendulum! You’ll need: A paper plate Crayons Scissors String Color both sides of your paper plate. Cut around and around from the edge of the paper plate to the center, from what…

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Photo of plains garter snake

Iowa has 28 different species of snakes, including four venomous species. (Read about the venomous snakes of Iowa here.) Most people are familiar with the garter snake, a common type of non-venomous snake, which are harmless to humans. Let’s take a look at the two kinds of garter snakes that are native to Iowa: Plains…

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Graphic about rock cycle

Rocks are continuously changing. Temperature, weathering through rain or wind,  pressure — rocks move through a cycle back and forth, back and forth. Let’s take a look at the different types of forms rocks can be found in: Igneous Igneous rocks are formed through the cooling and solidification of magma, or lava. The atoms and…

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Rocks can be the perfect way to get little ones interested in the outdoors. They’re easy to find. They can be touched, picked up and collected. There is a wide variety, from sparkly to chalk-like, smooth to holey. Read a good book about rocks and then head outside to see what rocks you can find!…

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Photo of toilet paper tube birds

Who doesn’t have empty toilet paper tubes? We all do. And if you don’t right now, you definitely will have some soon. Let’s use them for a fun purpose and turn them into adorable birds, and you can make whatever kind of bird you want. I chose a robin — my mom’s favorite — and…

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Photo of robins in a nest

People live in different types of houses — some made from lumber, some from concrete, some very large and some very small. Birds also build different kinds of nests. Since there are about 18,000 species of birds in the world, so there are many, many different types of nests. Here are some common types: Scrape…

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Photo of zebra swallowtail

American wigeon (Anas americana) This dabbling duck migrates through Iowa. It is known for its whistle-like call and its short, stumpy bill that allows it to pluck vegetation to eat with ease. Blue-winged teal (Anas discors) Blue-winged teal are the second most abundant duck in America, behind the mallard. Common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) This salamander…

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Tired of being stuck in the house but want to make sure you’re following COVID-19 guidelines and not gathering with others? Then head out to a wild area and try out these awesome activities. They will work your body and brain, and hopefully being outside will help boost your immune system too! 1. Shape Walk…

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Photo of an eastern comma

Almost 70 species of butterflies have been seen in Dickinson County, Iowa, and the time of year can be told from which ones are most active. In fact, you can tell when spring is making its appearance by which butterflies are hatching after overwintering in the chrysalis state or from spots further south. Mourning cloak…

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Photo of female osprey with eggs

Spring is coming, and that means that we starting looking for the Okoboji osprey to return to the nest in Kenue Park. They are amazing creatures that follow a strict schedule, and you can almost set your watch by them. Here is a quick timeline of the typical osprey year: April 2: After overwintering in…

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