Since the pied-billed grebe is an aquatic bird or waterfowl, we’re going to make a finger puppet kind of like a duck. But instead of being duck-colored, it will be grebe-colored. Let’s start with the supplies.     Supplies: Brown paper Scissors Googly eyes Glue stick Coloring utensils     Step 1: Start by cutting…

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If you see a duck but aren’t quite sure what type of duck, it might be a pied-billed grebe. These aquatic diving birds are found throughout Iowa during the time they are breeding. They are brown and black but have a light-colored underside. They look like small ducks but have a more rounded shape. They…

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In the lingering spirit of Valentine’s Day and with our animal of the week, we’re going to make a striped skunk using hearts. Let’s get started with supplies.   Supplies: White paper Black paper Pink paper Scissors Glue stick Googly eyes Pencil if you want to draw the shapes you’re cutting   Step 1: You’re…

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In Iowa, there are two types of skunks. There is the classic, well-known, striped skunk and the lesser-known, spotted skunk. The spotted skunk is also known as the civet cat and they are on Iowa’s endangered species list. But today, we’re going to focus on the striped skunk. These skunks are nocturnal except during springtime…

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With the American toad being the animal of the week, how could we not make an origami jumping frog. I learned how to make these when I was in middle school and for some reason, it has stuck with me. It’s one of the best crafts I’ve done because you get a jumping frog from…

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Photo of back of American toad

If you look up the American toad or Anaxyrus americanus some websites might tell you there isn’t a substantial population in Dickinson County. Yet, they are in every county around us which means we will see them because animals move and don’t recognize county lines. Plus, with so much water around here, toads would be…

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With yesterday being Groundhog Day, I decided we should be able to make our own Punxsutawney Phil. Now you can have your own groundhog too! Let’s start with the supplies you will need.   Supplies: Brown paper, white paper, black paper Scissors Glue Pencil if you want to draw before you cut   Step 1:…

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Today is Groundhog Day!  Phil saw his shadow so six more weeks of winter it is. But did you know, Punxsutawney Phil has his own club? There is a whole club plus an inner circle who support Phil and throw a party every year for Groundhog Day. This year it will be virtual but they…

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Since this week’s animal of the week is the Mourning Dove, we are going to make an origami dove. I’m going to be honest, it might be a bit of a challenge for younger kids but it’s definitely worth it because it’s pretty cool. If you need more help, check out the video on our…

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Image by Irene K-s from Pixabay

The mourning dove is the most abundant game bird in Iowa with the highest numbers in the southern half of the state and the Loess Hills. But they are abundant in all 99 counties. These birds are the brownish-gray birds you see at feeders quite frequently. When they eat seeds, they don’t eat them right…

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