A Simple Butterfly

Our craft of the week is a butterfly in hopes spring will continue to warm up. This butterfly is one that caught my eye on Pinterest because it looked quite simple to make so I’m going to share how you make it.   Supplies: Paper of any color you like Pencil Scissors Compass/paper clip Stapler Read More »

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Earth Day 2021

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. After 51 years, Earth Day has become commonplace. It’s a great day to talk about nature during the school day and it’s a big day for anyone who wants to get involved in anything nature-related. As of this year, there are more than 190 countries Read More »

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Prescribed Burns on the Prairie

Many people drove past the Nature Center today to find out what the big smoke cloud was. Which was understandable because it was huge! It was our guys performing a prescribed burn on a section of our prairie grass. Prescribed burns are done every 3 to 5 years but also tend to be weather dependant. Read More »

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What makes a Species Invasive?

While we tend to focus on wildflowers, especially the early blooming ones, we should also remember what is invasive. This early in the year, many of the plants that are green would be considered invasive species. But what makes them invasive and how did they get here? We’re going to learn about it today. To Read More »

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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

Eastern meadowlark by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region is marked with CC PDM 1.0

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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