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Photo of a coyote

Five differences between coyotes and wolves

I still remember the first time I heard a coyote pack howl as dusk began to settle on the Iowa Great Lakes area. On a walk at Kettleson Hogsback, the sun started to set above the calm shallow lakes, and a high-pitched howl began in the distance. Another answered it. And another. And another. My…

Come howl with us this Halloween

Dickinson County naturalists Bryanna Kuhlman and Ashley Hansen love to dress up, and Halloween is the perfect excuse to do it. Join them in festive costumes for the Howlin’ Halloween program 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “It’s our very first Halloween event since Ashley and I have…

Photo of nighttime scene with noodles

This noodle art is so fun it’s batty

Bats are a hot topic around Halloween. (We love bats — read about how they use echolocation here.) And we love crafts that are both nature-related and fit into the season, so today we tested out a new bat craft. It’s simple, great for all ages and utilizes things you already have around the house.…