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Six facts about viceroy butterflies

Photo of a viceroy butterfly

You see a black-and-orange butterfly flitting around, but it looks too small to be a monarch butterfly. This butterfly has very similar markings, except for the black line across its hindwing. What could it be? It’s a viceroy! 1. Viceroys are mimics. Viceroy butterflies mimic monarch butterflies, and it was long thought that was because…

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10 pollinator crafts

Do you love pollinators as much as we do? Then try out some of our favorite pollinator-themed crafts! Egg carton butterfly I saw a funny meme about looking for recipes online and having to click on a post that instead of giving you the list of ingredients instead goes through “When I was senior in…

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A butterfly’s bilateral symmetry

The line of symmetry is the imaginary line that divides something into two exactly equal and opposite parts. These two parts mirror each other; you can fold the figure in half and the two parts match exactly. Take a look at a monarch butterfly. Notice how the wings are identical but opposite; they are an…

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7 red-tailed hawk facts

Photo of a red-tailed hawk flying

In the movies, you have probably seen a bald eagle flying and heard a screech-sound effect. However, that’s actually not a bald eagle’s call (hear that here). You may have also seen an osprey flying overhead in the movies and heard the same call, or a golden eagle and heard the same call. Film production…

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7 bald eagle fun facts

1. Bald eagles don’t sound as tough as they look. https://dickinsoncountyiowa.org/conservation/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/07/Bald-Eagle.mp3 If you hear a bald eagle in a movie, it is usually dubbed over with a red-tailed hawk call. Producers think bald eagles sound too wimpy. Above is the bald eagle, below is the red-tailed hawk. https://dickinsoncountyiowa.org/conservation/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/07/Red-tailed-Hawk.mp3 2. Bald eagles have huge nests. Bald…

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Why a honeybee dies when it stings

Photo of a honeybee on a purple coneflower

“Why does a honeybee die when it stings?” That was a question I couldn’t answer off the top of my head when a child asked me the other day while looking at the indoor beehive. The best thing to do when you don’t know the answer — look it up. A female worker honeybee has…

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Bald eagle toilet paper tube craft

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The bald eagle is the national symbol, so Independence Day week is the perfect time for a bald eagle craft. Plus, why not reuse some materials while you’re doing it? For this toilet paper tube bald eagle, you’ll need just a few supplies: Empty toilet paper tube Black, white, yellow/orange cardstock Googly eyes (optional, or…

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Beaver teeth are tough as iron, literally

We drink water with flouride added to help strengthen our teeth. You’ve probably been to the dentist and had flouride treatments that taste like bubble gum. You brush your teeth with toothpaste that has flouride in it, and maybe you even use mouthwash to help strengthen your enamel. Beavers don’t have to do any of…

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Turtle finger puppet template

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Turtle or tortoise — they’re different creatures, but you can make this fun finger puppet into whichever you would like. Otherwise, you can use your imagination and make your own distinctive turtle! Make it pink. Make it sparkly. Make it your own. First, start off by printing off the free turtle finger puppet template onto…

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