7 bald eagle fun facts

July 15, 2019

1. Bald eagles don’t sound as tough as they look. 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. 2. Bald eagles have…

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Why a honeybee dies when it stings

July 8, 2019

“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.…

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Bald eagle toilet paper tube craft

July 1, 2019

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…

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Red, white and blue animals

June 27, 2019

Beaver teeth are tough as iron, literally

June 24, 2019

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…

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Turtle finger puppet template

June 17, 2019

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…

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Turtle or tortoise? What’s the difference?

June 17, 2019

We had someone comment that Teddy the box turtle looked unhappy because he wasn’t in water. However, he’s a terrestrial turtle, so his kind lives the majority of their lives on land and not in the water. Yet, he isn’t a tortoise. Some people in Florida released tortoise hatchlings into…

Personality quiz: Which pollinator are you?

June 10, 2019
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Cowbirds lay eggs in other nests

June 10, 2019

Two volunteers were weeding an area and found a small chipping sparrow nest in a low bush. In the nest were three of the sparrow’s bright blue, speckled eggs and another egg that didn’t match. This fourth egg was larger, white and speckled with brown. If you find a similar…

Egg carton butterfly

June 3, 2019

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 college, I walked down the long and misty concrete pathway and across a spring green lawn…

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Bees see in UV

June 3, 2019

Bees see the world much differently than humans. It’s not just because they are small but because they see different colors. On the color scale, humans can see the colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. On one end, there is infrared, which humans can’t…

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Hanging opossum craft

May 28, 2019

We call them possums, but Iowa actually has opossums. (Debunk some opossum myths here.) We think opossums are pretty adorable, although everyone doesn’t agree, so we wanted to make a fun opossum craft that you can easily replicate at home. All you’ll need is: Empty toilet paper tube Gray construction…