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What’s happening in the hive? How a queen develops

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Where is the queen is probably the No. 1 question that we are asked about the indoor bee hive. You can read a little bit about that here, but the next question often comes up as “What makes a queen bee?” The short answer is, queens are fed royal jelly which makes them different from…

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Recycled bunny bookmark

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Bindi, named after conservationist Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Irwin, is the newest animal ambassador at the Dickinson County Nature Center as of August 2018. In honor of her arrival, today’s craft is bunny-themed! (Learn about cottontail rabbits) To make this adorable bunny bookmark, you’ll need: An envelope, a used one is fine Scissors Glue Googly…

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7 cute cottontail facts

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The Dickinson County Nature Center’s bunny animal ambassador, named Bindi, is actually a pet rabbit species. However, this mini rex looks quite a lot like the native rabbit in Iowa, the eastern cottontail. They both have a fluffy white tail, long ears, a brown coat with lighter colors in the undercoat and dark eyes. There…

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Pockets Full of Fun to perform at Bee & Butterfly Festival

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One in three bites of food that you take is due to pollinators. And BeeBo the bee is very excited to share that fact with audiences during the Pockets Full of Fun puppet show 6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, a part of the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Ventriloquist…

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What’s happening in the hive? There aren’t any drones

Are all the bees in the indoor beehive worker bees? The answer right now is 99.99999 percent of them are. All of the bees in our indoor beehive are female worker bees, except for the queen bee. There is one queen bee in each beehive, but the other 50,000-60,000 bees in the hive are all…

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These fish really pop

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There’s something about making a craft three-dimensional. It just makes things more fun. Try out this three-dimensional fish craft — it really pops! You’ll need: Colored paper Scissors Glue stick Marker Cut your 8.5×11-inch sheet of paper in half the short way. Fold in half the long way and cut three-quarters of an oval, making…

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It would take 25 Statues of Liberty…

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The glacier that sat on what is now the Iowa Great Lakes area was called the Des Moines Lobe of the Wisconsin Glacier, and it was huge! (Read about the landform regions in Iowa) It carved out the lakes, left behind kames and eskers and created fens and kettleholes. It’s hard to imagine just how…

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What’s happening in the hive? Drying down honey

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A few years ago, we saw a mass of bees collected around the hole that led outside from the indoor bee hive. We thought the bees might be swarming — leaving the hive, which usually occurs when there are two queens raised and one leaves with half the hive — and were nervous that there…

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Handprint/footprint flower craft

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Kids like to draw on themselves — or on their siblings. Faces covered in permanent marker. Arms decorated with stripes and dots. Bellies covered in color. This craft lets kids actually paint themselves for a purpose as you create a fun handprint/footprint flower! You’ll need: Fingerpaint 11×17 paper Squirt green paint onto the feet of…

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