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

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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*Disclaimer: the photo used is from Creative Commons. We did not find a red-bellied snake and pick it up. It’s a good photo to show the size and coloring of the snake. If you find one, remember it is a wild snake and may hurt you. We don’t recommend picking up a wild snake. The Read More »

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The Northern Cardinal is many people’s favorite bird. It’s one of my favorites and is the state bird of seven different states. Not to mention the mascot of countless sports teams, schools, and various other organizations. But what makes them such a favorite? It’s an easy answer, their red feathers. Cardinals don’t migrate so if Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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