Why can’t I see the queen bee in the indoor bee hive?

October 9, 2017

“Where is the queen bee?” That’s usually the first question we get when people see the indoor bee hive at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The queen bee is pretty identifiable. Her abdomen — the longest part of her body — is almost twice the length of a worker bee.…

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The reason a snake sticks out its tongue

September 29, 2017

Why do snakes stick out their tongues at you? Have you ever seen this? You’ve been looking at Rosie the corn snake or Itsy Bitsy the western fox snake, and one of them sticks out her black tongue and flicks it around. She is smelling you! The snake’s tongue has…

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Create your own butterfly mask

September 22, 2017

This mask was the hit craft of the 2017 Bee & Butterfly Festival. Whether you missed the fun or want to make new masks to wear at home, this butterfly mask is the perfect afternoon craft. First, download the butterfly mask template and print it on cardstock or thick construction paper. We…

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The nocturnal animals of Iowa

September 22, 2017

“Where is the hedgehog?” or “What is in the cage below the salamanders?” These are two questions we often get at the Dickinson County Nature Center, because what is in the cage below the salamanders in our lower level is an African pygmy hedgehog named Honey. And Honey is usually…