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Painted and snapping turtles survive winter underwater

We see many types of turtles roaming around northwest Iowa in the summertime, especially painted turtles and snapping turtles. But we don’t see any in the winter. Where do they all go? Painted turtles and snapping turtles spend their winters in lakes or ponds, living beneath the ice the forms. They survive because of a…

Animals that don’t have a pattern are cathemeral

Learning about nature and animals is so interesting, because humans seem to have a desire to divide things into categories, and for those categories to be neat and clear. When learning about butterflies and moths, we want to know how to tell the difference. There are general differences, but there seems to be an exception…

Photo of an ornate box turtle

Become a certified Wildlife Guardian

Do you and your kids love animals? Then the next Family Nature Night Friday, Nov. 22, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is for you. The nature center will feature six stations with live animals at which families can learn about and see a live animal, including a hedgehog, amphibians, turtles, snakes, a…

Winter weather predictions for northwest Iowa

We all want to know what’s going to happen each winter, and it’s always a topic of conversation as fall crawls toward its colder companion season. So what are the professionals actually saying? Temperatures In general, without an El Nino or La Nina weather pattern, it looks to be a moderate winter. The National Oceanic…

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