Geese are very common in Iowa, but did you know their full name is the Canada Goose? There isn’t a very good explanation as to why it’s called a Canada Goose but my guess is they must have a large home base in Canada. They breed in much of North America where there is water…

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In Dickinson County, we have habitat for six different kinds of mice. Each mouse has something a little bit different about them but to survive in the same place, there must be something they have in common right? The five mice native to Dickinson County are the Meadow Jumping Mouse, the Northern Grasshopper Mouse, the…

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After the noon nature fact about badgers in Iowa, I thought I would dive into more research about them. Turns out, they’re pretty cool and live around us in open areas such as plains, prairies, the edges of forests, and in or around farmlands. The American Badger (Taxidea taxus) is native to Iowa even though…

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Do animals know when to celebrate New Year’s Eve or do they celebrate it whenever they want? Well, animals probably don’t celebrate it at all but, they do follow environmental cues. An environmental cue is something like the days getting longer or the blooming of certain plants which are food sources. Animals have always had…

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As Christmas draws closer, we’re going to take a look at some information about reindeer. Reindeer are native to the Arctic tundra and forests of Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. While in Europe, reindeer are always referred to as reindeer but in North America, they are called caribou in the wild. When the caribou…

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Today is the Winter Solstice but do you know what that means? The Winter Solstice is the first day of Winter but also the shortest day of the year. This year is occurs on December 21st. In Okoboji, we will only receive 8 hours and 57 minutes of daylight with the sun rising at 7:50…

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Want a fun, quick craft that makes the cutest raccoon? Well, look no further. Here is a quick and fun raccoon craft. You only need a few supplies: Any color paper Black construction paper A newspaper Scissors A glue stick Googly eyes   Step 1: Cut a rounded pyramid out of the newspaper and glue…

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Raccoons are seen as a nuisance animal much of the time. It’s easy to see why when they damage property but they’ve also learned to live with and near humans because they thrive with the food sources. They’re just trying to live and eat so maybe we should cut them some slack. Here are 5…

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Have you ever tried your hand at origami? I hadn’t really either until I decided to make this coyote. It was so cute I just had to try it and now you can too. All you need is a piece of paper that’s a square and be ready to fold. You can use origami paper…

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Coyote’s original natural habitat was around the Great Plains but has continually grown. Being native to the great plains, it wouldn’t have been uncommon for there to be coyotes who wandered into Iowa as it’s very close and Iowa was once full of prairie grasses which are also good for hunting. Now, the coyote can…

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