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Draw a Flower Craft

The craft for this week is relatively easy and a little educational. Our blog post earlier this week featured the parts of a flower and what they all do while also talking about the ephemeral flowers that pop up first in the spring. This craft draws on that theme as well. Today, we get to Read More »

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Spring in Judd Wildlife Area

The Judd Wildlife Area is one of the many county areas the Conservation Board owns and manages. Just south of Horseshoe Bend in Milford, this tract of land varies wildly. The top part is a beautiful prairie. As you walk through the prairie towards the back of the park, you can smell the evergreens on Read More »

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Beginning of Spring Flowers

As April showers bring May flowers, I wanted to do a series on Iowa’s wildflowers. To start this series, I thought it would be a good idea to start with the basics of what a flower is and what the first flowers to bloom are. To start, we’ll break down the parts of a flower. Read More »

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Spring 2021 Photography Contest

  While nature became a safe haven during Covid, some people may have decided to take more photos than before. Were you someone who picked up nature photography during the pandemic? Enter up to three of your photos into our photography contest. Your photos will be displayed on the photography wall at the Nature Center Read More »

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Eastern Meadowlark Bird Craft

Have you ever wanted your very own singing bird? Bird songs are so beautiful but with this craft, you only get the pretty bird. We can’t make him sing but it should be a fun craft for everyone to do.   Supplies: Brown, yellow, black paper Scissors Glue stick Stapler Googly eyes Pencil     Read More »

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The Battle of the Meadowlarks

The Western Meadowlark and the Eastern Meadowlark look very similar but in Dickinson County, the Eastern Meadowlark is more common. As a very amateur birder, it’s very hard for me to tell the difference between the Eastern and Western Meadowlarks. Even looking at The Cornell Lab All About Birds pages on ID Infor for both Read More »

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Raindrop Suncatcher

Since the first day of spring was over the weekend our blog of the week was about traditions of spring and what says spring more than rain? So our craft of the week is a raindrop suncatcher. This craft is a little more involved and requires some help from parents but the end result is Read More »

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First Day of Spring Traditions

Spring is the season of growth and regeneration and the hours of sunlight get longer. Some people celebrate the spring equinox and every country celebrates it differently. Here in the United States, most people celebrate Easter in one form or another. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are always a big hit. There is even Read More »

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Blanding’s Turtle Craft

The Blanding’s Turtle is an endangered species of Iowa. This means it is illegal to take them out of the wild. But these turtles are pretty dang cute and you can make your own. It’s really easy and fun because you get to decorate it however you want.   Supplies: Brown paper Yellow paper Googly Read More »

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Blanding’s Turtle in Iowa

Blanding’s Turtle or Emydoidea blandingii is threatened in Iowa and is a Species of Greatest Conservation Need according to Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa’s website. This means it is illegal to kill or collect these turtles in Iowa. The Iowa DNR would appreciate the report of these turtles when they are seen. These turtles are Read More »

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1 Comment

  1. ron on February 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you,