News & Blog: Native Plants

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

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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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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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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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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Ask a Naturalist: How Long do Trees Live

5/1/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Events, Family Fun, Homeschool, Native Plants

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Identify: Tremendous Trees

4/24/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator and Kody Wohlers, Natural Resources Technician
Autumn, Native Plants

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Beautiful Spring Bloodroot

4/16/2020
Amy Campagna, Environmental Education Coordinator
Conservation, Hiking, Loess Hills, Native Plants

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Explore Pottawattamie Conservation Habitat Areas this Spring

3/27/2020
Kody Wohlers, Natural Resources Technician and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Bird Watching, Conservation, Family Fun, Hiking, Land Management, Native Animals, Native Plants

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The Fiery Hues of the Prairie Grasses in Autumn

I don’t think enough people give our native grasses the fame they deserve.

10/30/2019
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist
Native Plants, Autumn, Conservation

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Discover "Sacred Seed: an Indigenous Heirloom Seed Journey" with Taylor Keen at Hitchcock Nature Center

Join us for the fourth installment of the 2019 Speaker Series on Saturday, August 10th at Hitchcock Nature Center as we welcome Taylor Keen founder of Sacred Seed, a project with the goal of preserving Native American heritage & history through collecting, growing, & spreading the seeds of corn & other traditional Native American foods. Taylor will be sharing his personal story of reuniting with his tribal roots & reconnecting with the 4 Sisters (corn, beans, squash, & sunflower). The ensuing journey has connections to an ancient & deep cosmology & history of how Indigenous corn was appropriated into commercial use & is now being revived by tribal seed keepers.  This event is free with park admission or an annual membership & it is open to anyone age 14 & over.

8/2/2019
Speaker Series, Hitchcock Nature Center, Conservation, Native Plants

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Discover Prairies, People, & Place with Doug Ladd at Hitchcock Nature Center

Join Pottawattamie County Conservation in welcoming Doug Ladd, recently retired Director of Conservation Science for the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy as he discusses the hows & whys of our prairie heritage during “Prairies, People, & Place” coming up on June 8th at 4:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center. This event is free with park admission or an annual membership & it is open to anyone age 14 & over.  

5/16/2019
Speaker Series, Hitchcock Nature Center, Native Plants, Conservation

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Something for Everyone May 11th

Four programs in one day! That's the goal at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, May 11th & every second Saturday of the month until October! Our goal of providing something for everyone has really come to fruition & we hope to see lots of new faces & old friends as we kick off a summer of fun!

5/8/2019
Native Plants, Hitchcock Nature Center, Family Fun, Events, Speaker Series

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Book Review: Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy

I read and re-read Douglas Tallamy’s book “Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants” the updated and expanded version. This book covers the importance of native plants in the ecosystem and how they are foundational for sustaining our wildlife populations in natural areas and the ever spreading suburbia. Doug covers everything from “what is a native plant” to giving us practical advice on how to re-incorporate native plants into your property’s landscape.

3/8/2019
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist
Native Plants, Book Reviews, Conservation, Green Thumbs

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It's Winter in Pottawattamie County

Many people view winter as a sterile, cold, miserable time of the year. A time when the smartest thing to do is hide out in the house until spring. I sometimes think like this, too.  I am no fan of the icy winds that burn your cheeks and freeze fingertips. I prefer the warming spring days, the hot sun of summer, and the cooling breezes of fall. However, now that I am your new Naturalist, I see it as my duty to appreciate every season, even the bitter cold one… So come along with me as we explore the Loess Hills ecosystem and its’ inhabitants in the winter! Should be an adventure!

1/25/2019
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist
Winter, Hitchcock Nature Center, Native Plants, Native Animals, Loess Hills

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Citizen Science & Volunteering Combine at Hitchcock Nature Center

The oak tree is a symbol as much as it is a tree. Dotting the landscape of the Midwest, oak trees have been a common sight since before European settlement. But a newly recognized disease has taken aim at these mighty trees and we want to know why. 

1/30/2018
Native Plants, Hitchcock Nature Center, Volunteering, Conservation, Events, Training

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