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  • 2015 May | Iowa Wild Kids
    had hoped to complete before the kids were off school for the year remained untouched Laundry well there s always laundry As we got around and thought about what to do on Memorial Day though Posted by iawildlife in Blog post Afternoon Adventure 0 comments Read More Recent Posts It s cold outside Oh Christmas Tree A Walk with Grandpa Fall into fall leaves Friends Fun at the Iowa Arboretum

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  • 2015 April | Iowa Wild Kids
    to them in our local craft store Wiggle worm was even a monarch butterfly for Halloween However they mean so much more especially recently than just being cute symbols of Posted by iawildlife in Blog post Be a butterfly hero 0 comments Read More Recent Posts It s cold outside Oh Christmas Tree A Walk with Grandpa Fall into fall leaves Friends Fun at the Iowa Arboretum Recent Comments Archives

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  • 2015 March | Iowa Wild Kids
    said those words last summer The ravine a major selling point for our home three years ago is also the cause of my worst nightmare literally Every few months it s the same It Posted by iawildlife in Blog post Into the wild 0 comments Read More Recent Posts It s cold outside Oh Christmas Tree A Walk with Grandpa Fall into fall leaves Friends Fun at the Iowa Arboretum

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  • Iowa Wild Kids › Log In
    Iowa Wild Kids Username Password Remember Me Lost your password Back to Iowa Wild Kids

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  • Be a Butterfly Hero! | Iowa Wild Kids
    and more The same is true of other species of butterfly and of bees If we lose butterflies and bees we lose honey We lose flowers But we also use pollination which sustains life as we know it It was a rainy Saturday morning and we weren t going to get any much needed work done in the garden so we used our technological resources to get us started Our family decided to join the National Wildlife Federation s campaign to be Butterfly Heroes Sign your name upload a picture and they will send you seeds for milkweed or wild flowers native to your region that will attract butterflies as well as seeds a notebook and a poster with stickers Take the Butterfly Heroes Pledge http www nwf org butterfly heroes aspx The Blank Park Zoo has a similar initiative to promote the State Butterfly Initiative and name the Regal Frittalary as Iowa s state butterfly We registered our front and back yard gardens and ordered two seed packets of native plants that will attract butterflies Plant Grow Fly with the Blank Park Zoo http www blankparkzoo com en conservation plant grow fly state butterfly initiative Finally we made a phone call to Aunt Marie who lives near Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah Seed Savers specializes in heirloom organic and non GMO seeds including 50 milkweed seeds for 2 99 After making sure we knew that milkweed is a WEED Aunt Marie agreed to bring some down next time she visits April is Membership Month at Seed Savers Exchange http www seedsavers org onlinestore For now our eager little green thumbs are waiting patiently for their seeds to arrive in the mail I m eagerly awaiting a decent day to transplant perennials rebuild retaining walls and search the yard for

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  • Into the wild | Iowa Wild Kids
    immaculate And though we moved when the girls were just three and four I knew in the coming years it would hold absolute wonders for them The time came on Sunday Armed with our muddy boots and a bucket of compost to feed the worms one very excited little Wiggle Worm and a slightly apprehensive Ladybug made their way outside the backyard fence to regions unknown Getting down went better than I thought By halfway down the hill Ladybug didn t feel the need to hold my hand anymore Wiggle Worm was already down stomping in the creek Look at this paw print The muddy water feels like melted chocolate on my feet I never knew our house was so high Even nervous Ladybug loved discovering that there was still ice on parts of the stream even though the snow was long gone everywhere else and found a hole in it to stir her witches brew with her new walking stick My pleas of Wait for me were met with I can do it and I don t need any help Suddenly the girl who can t remember where her bedroom is and the other who can t pick out her own pants for school don t need me at all They can navigate a muddy stream They can climb over and under fallen trees I think we would have hit the river if I would have let them go long enough but even with daylight savings time giving us more sun before bedtime we did have to turn around eventually We didn t do so without a stop at the fallen tree that made a bridge from one side of the ravine to the other Ladybug decided she wasn t ready but Wiggle Worm was having a brave day

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/iowa_wild_kids/?p=32 (2016-05-01)
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  • Little Prairie Dogs | Iowa Wild Kids
    High Trestle Trail and one of three native prairie restoration projects thanks to our County Conservation Board s efforts to restore the land to the way it once was A prairie according to the Iowa Prairie Network is an ecosystem of flora grasses flowering plants or forbs and fauna vertebrates and invertebrates on a substrate soil which has been shaped by frequent fire One recent quiet evening prompted a trip to the playground but the prairie beckoned us away from the slides and swings Quickly a game of prairie dogs developed Since they couldn t burrow underground Lady Bug and Wiggle Worm made their tunnels through the prairie grass each claiming where her own bedroom the kitchen and the living room which was already started thanks to some deer bedding down the day before would be The game was cut short however when Wiggle Worm wiggled her way over top of a snake The response to her shriek was one parent running away with her the other saying Good thing you weren t a real prairie dog and a little sister creeping over to try and catch said snake There s just something liberating about the sound of the breeze going through the grasses Even Dragonfly had to get down and crawl a little The prairie was still short enough that we could see their little heads bobbing ahead of us but long enough that they could easily start a game of hide and seek by ducking down and giggling as we followed the sound of their voices Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods discusses the importance of getting kids into nature Little gems like the Swede Point County Park prairie are tucked all throughout Iowa Go ahead spoil your kids and go find one in

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/iowa_wild_kids/?p=64 (2016-05-01)
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  • Explore Northeast Iowa | Iowa Wild Kids
    Atkinson and Dunning Spring in Decorah They got a little muddy And of course had to wash off I just dipped my feet in and felt the numb set in right away These kids were braver than I Not to be outdone Wiggle Worm who managed to stay clean took the underwater plunge just like her older cousins Again And again And though all the kids complained of the cold the smiles on their face said it all We wouldn t have had this experience at a local swimming pool or even a beach for that matter Our crazy splashing brood scared off a few college students looking for a relaxing place to hang hammocks After drying off we ventured to the Decorah Fish Hatchery It was feeding time so we got to both watch and help feed the fish The kids soon learned that even their shadow signaled the fish to jump Ladybug practiced her skills as fish whisperer and would only feed the fish that were quiet and calm She had to scold some of the tanks but eventually they obeyed Last on the trip was my personal favorite a hike at Effigy Mounds National Monument I remember hiking here when I was about twelve years old and I hope this trip will be as memorable for my children except Dragonfly He slept through the whole two mile trek up to Fire Point All the kids were working on their Junior Ranger Badge so we took several stops to rest our legs and work on the fun activities the park has put together Dragonfly and I brought up the rear along with Ladybug She said she needed to be away from the other kids so she could be alone hear nature Have to love her spirit and she

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