News & Blog

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and blog entries from Pottawattamie Conservation!

Celebrate National Bat Week October 24th - 31st!

Get to know these amazing flying mammals as we kick off Bat Week 2020!

10/22/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator and Kristen Bieret, Sac County Conservation Naturalist
Autumn, Conservation, Homeschool, Native Animals

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"Bats of Iowa" with Lauren Darnold Coming November 12th!

Get to know our first speaker, Lauren Darnold, Education & Public Outreach Coordinator with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. & get ready for "Bats of Iowa" on November 12th!

10/16/2020
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events, Native Animals, News, Speaker Series

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Get to Know: Earl Johnson, Hawk Counter

Autumn at Hitchcock Nature Center brings the return of our Hitchcock HawkWatch team. This year we are welcoming back Earl Johnson as our lead HawkWatch Counter.

10/13/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Bird Watching, Conservation, HawkWatch, Hitchcock Nature Center, Loess Hills, Native Animals, News, Our Staff

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September 2020 HawkWatch Report

Catch up on the latest HawkWatch news with our September activity report.

10/8/2020
Earl Johnson, Hawk Counter
Autumn, Bird Watching, Conservation, HawkWatch, Hitchcock Nature Center, Loess Hills, Native Animals, News

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Enjoy a Virtual Fieldtrip!

Take a virtual field trip & explore biodiversity in the Loess Hills with Pottawattamie Conservation.

10/2/2020
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Family Fun, Hitchcock Nature Center, Homeschool, Loess Hills

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Blackbird Marsh Experiences Fish Kill

A perfect storm of conditions leads to large fish kill event at Blackbird Marsh.

9/30/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Land Management, News

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Bumble Bee Bed & Breakfast

A chilly September morning finds two bumble bee bachelors fast asleep and tucked away into a stiff stem goldenrod. A common sight this time of the year for those in the right place at the right time. If these males are fit enough their genetics will be passed on to a new colony of bumble bees next spring.

9/22/2020
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist
Autumn, Green Thumbs, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants

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Fauna Feature: Little Wood-Satyr

These soft brown butterflies might not be the most showy insects but they have a beauty all their own, get to know the Little Wood-Satyr.

9/18/2020
Malena Brotherson, Environmental Education Intern
Conservation, Hiking, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals

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Go Wild For Conservation in 2020!

Join in the fun September 17th through October 1st & show your support for the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Pottawattamie Conservation.

9/14/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events, Land Management, Native Animals, Native Plants, News

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Plant Family Focus: Asteraceae

Get to know the Asteraceae family, the largest flowering plant family.

9/10/2020
Malena Brotherson & Kristen Yost, Environmental Education Interns
Conservation, Green Thumbs, Hiking, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Plants

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Botna Bend Pancake Feed ... Social Distance Style!

Enjoy breakfast at Botna Bend Park with our annual Pancake Feed done Social Distance Style!

9/4/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Botna Bend Park, Events, Family Fun, News

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Milkweed & Monarchs

Milkweed is essential for monarch butterfly survival. Learn more about this amazing plant & ways you can help support monarch populations.

9/1/2020
Malena Brotherson, Environmental Education Intern
Conservation, Green Thumbs, Homeschool, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants

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Help us Name our Cabins!

Our cabins need some great names & we need your help choosing them.

8/29/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Arrowhead Park, Hitchcock Nature Center, News

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Busy Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees are a fuzzy friend on our summer flowers each year. Learn more about these social insects & ways you can help protect them.

8/27/2020
Kristen Yost, 2020 Environmental Education Intern
Conservation, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals

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Cicada Summer

Cicadas provide the background music for summer days and nights but how much do you know about these unique insects?

8/18/2020
Kristen Yost, 2020 Environmental Education Intern
Conservation, Loess Hills, Native Animals

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Flora Feature: Ironweed

Pretty in purple, Ironweed is a common late summer flower in southwest Iowa.

8/13/2020
Kristen Yost, 2020 Environmental Education Intern
Conservation, Green Thumbs, Hiking, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Plants

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