2018 List of Topics

Dragons and Damsels - Posted July 2018

Real life Dragons and Damsels. These magical insects have inhabited the earth for more than 250 million years. Learning the order of "Odonata" can be mysterious and exciting. Let's help you get started learning about some of the species you may find around your area in Marion County (and central Iowa!).

Wetlands and Wildlife - Posted June 2018

Wetlands are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the natural world, but not many know just what they are or why they are important.

Springing to Life - Posted May 2018

Nothing like taking a deep breath of early spring air! Fresh, new, and exciting things happening. Most spring happenings go by so quickly we miss many of the ‘new beginnings.’ The woodland floor is our first flowering ecosystem.

Growing up Eagle - Posted April 2018

Learn how a bald eagle's plumage or feather coloration help us age them from hatchling to adult.

March migration - A state of frenzy - Posted March 2018

Migration has filled people with a sense of wonder and amazement for thousands of years. It’s the time of year to move from one place to another and the time of year when hundreds of species of birds will return or continue to pass through on their journey north. Remember the saying, “early bird gets the worm?” It’s more like the “early bird gets the best nesting territory.”

2017-18 Snowy Owl Irruption - Posted January-February 2018

Have you ever found yourself jaw-dropped and emotionally-stirred at the mere sight of a creature you may have only seen in a movie? Understanding how far snowy owls have journeyed to find themselves in Iowa just might be their ultimate message for us... to realize that here in Iowa, we play a major ecological role in the success of creatures far and wide, including those whose parents are currently hunting under the glow of the Northern Lights.