Nature Walk: White-lined Sphinx

The white-lined sphinx is a large moth and sometimes referred to as a hummingbird moth.  They are generally common in late summer and are often seen feeding on garden flowers.  Like many species in nature, they are beautifully designed with line, pattern and color.  To generate heat in the cool of an evening, they often quiver their wings.

The white-lined sphinx is a large moth and sometimes referred to as a hummingbird moth. They are generally common in late summer and are often seen feeding on garden flowers. Like many species in nature, they are beautifully designed with line, pattern and color. To generate heat in the cool of an evening, they often quiver their wings, just as we might shiver to generate heat when we are cold.

 

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Public notice of INHF’s pending re-accreditation

square_acornThe land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Continue reading

Lending a hand to the land

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(All photos by Lexi Ruskell)

Over 70 people lent a hand to the land on July 15 at Cedar Hills Sand Prairie in Black Hawk County. The event was a collaboration between six Iowa land trusts, including INHF, and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center, which hosted the Iowa Prairie Conference. The Nature Conservancy’s land stewardship team led the slightly overcast volunteer day, though the weather conditions ended up being perfect for working in the open space of the prairie. Continue reading

Nature Walk: Prairie Blazingstar

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Prairie blazingstar (Liatris pycnostachya) is a favorite prairie flower with its tall magenta spikes. It belongs to the aster family and blooms from mid- to late July into mid-August. Tiny plumed seeds that easily shatter with wind or rain form in early October. It makes a wonderful garden flower and readily attracts butterflies.

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Clean Water Concert

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The sun sets over West Okoboji Lake. (Photo by Don Poggensee)

The Okoboji Protective Association will host its annual Clean Water Concert at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park as part of a clean water awareness effort on Saturday, August 8, from 4-7 p.m. There will be information sessions and family-friendly activities throughout the evening.

The public is invited to hear INHF president Joe McGovern speak at the OPA’s annual meeting, which will run from 5-6 p.m. at the event. Big Blue Sky Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading

Nature Walk: Leadplant

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“Native prairies have a host of legumes mixed into their array of forbs and grasses. Leadplant (Amorpha canescens), pictured here, is unusual since it has woody stems and is shrub-like. It is long-lived and takes a number of years to develop to the flowering stage. Like other legumes, it produces nitrogen for use by other plants.” — Carl Kurtz

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Looking Out for Iowa: Raptor resources

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A Swainson’s hawk soars through the sky. (Photo by Sue Schulties)

Looking for a new way to support conservation in Iowa? Try sponsoring a raptor! Endangered or disabled raptors are rehabilitated and/or used for education all across Iowa. Check out the following organizations for more information on how to get involved: Continue reading

Mines of Spain: Where it all began

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Help us celebrate the completion of the E.B. Lyon Interpretive Area Addition at the Mines of Spain in Dubuque County on Monday, August 3! There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. followed by tours of site and trail. Continue reading

Nature Walk: Bog Lygropia

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“Warm, humid, windless nights are good for the pursuit of moths gathering beneath nighttime lighting. There are hundreds of species of moths and, like other wildlife, most have specific habitat requirements. The bog lygropia is associated with wetlands and aquatic plants such as water lilies. It is only about one inch across.” — Carl Kurtz

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