Was the Turkey Almost Our National Bird?

November 22, 2021

Word on the street is that the turkey was almost our national bird. With Thanksgiving Day occurring this week, what better time to dig deeper into this question. Back when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were Read More »

Red Foxes in the Winter

November 15, 2021

The weather is getting colder and winter is on its way. The red fox is one of the two species of fox that Iowa has. How do they survive the cold Iowa winters? Red foxes do not hibernate, but they are less active during the winter to conserve their energy. Read More »

Nuts about Squirrels

November 8, 2021

Squirrels are one of the most common critters around, but how much do you know about this remarkable rodent? Here are 10 facts that will make you nuts about squirrels! The Indian giant squirrel is the biggest species of squirrels. It can grow up to be 36 inches long! The Read More »

How’d the Hedgehog Get Its Name?

November 1, 2021

There are 15 species of hedgehogs in the world. Each species is similar, but they each have small characteristics and habitual differences. The typical body length of a hedgehog is 5 to 12 inches long and the average length of the tail is 1-2 inches. They weigh about 1-2 pounds. Read More »

What a Hoot!

October 25, 2021

If you give a hoot about owls, here are some fun facts you should know! Majority of Iowa’s nesting owl species primarily nest in trees. However, the burrowing owl usually will nest in abandoned badger dens. The short-eared owl nests on the ground in large grasslands. Short-eared owls have an Read More »

Bat Appreciation

October 18, 2021

October is bat appreciation month! Overall, bats get a relatively bad reputation for their unique characteristics. While it is bat appreciation month, we should really appreciate them all year long. Bats offer a variety of benefits. Here are some of the great work they do for their ecosystems: They control Read More »

Fall Monarch Migration

October 11, 2021

Fall migration for Monarch butterflies is in full swing! Typically fall migration goes from September to October. Monarchs are the only insect that migrate up to 3,000 miles to find warmer weather. Unlike other insects, monarchs cannot survive the cold winter. The monarchs that are located west of the Rocky Read More »

Fall Color Report

October 5, 2021

As we move into fall, we are starting to see a wide variety of colors among the leaves. The changes in the length of daylight and temperature causes the leaves to stop their food-making process. The leaves stop making chlorophyll which results in the green color starting to fade while Read More »

Where do animals go when it rains?

June 29, 2021

It may surprise you, but the rain doesn’t bother as many animals as we would think. With the rain we have finally gotten over the last couple of days, it made me wonder where animals went during the rain. I learned that it depends on the animal and the personality Read More »

Why Pollinators are Important and How to Help

June 24, 2021

This week is Pollinator Week! Pollinators are everywhere but are very important in Iowa with how much agriculture we have here. Pollinators are so important to the production of food that if they were to all go extinct, we wouldn’t have many of the foods we have today. With over Read More »

It’s Baby Season in Nature

June 11, 2021

If you haven’t noticed any tiny animals out and about, keep an eye out because it’s the baby season in nature. Spring and summer are the perfect time for animals to have their babies for many reasons so let’s explore them! The days get longer during the spring! Once the Read More »

Parks to Enjoy During Free Fishing Weekend

June 3, 2021

If you’re looking for a place that isn’t one of our 5 giant lakes to enjoy free fishing weekend June 4 -6, 2021, check out some of our county parks that boast public fishing access. Westport Park Westport Park found at 1175 230th street in Everly is a great place Read More »

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