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A Solitary Bee Hotel Update

By: Frances Owen, JCC Naturalist Pollinator week may be past (June 21st-June 27th) but we think it’s always a great time to celebrate the pollinators who help our local ecosystems thrive. That’s why we want to share some amazing updates for our Observation Solitary Bee Hotels placed at three Johnson County Conservation properties! You may … Continue reading A Solitary Bee Hotel Update

Woodworking for Wildlife: Observation Hotel for Solitary Bees

By: Frances Owen, JCCB Naturalist We love talking about solitary bees around here! My fellow naturalist, Kristen Morrow, wrote an amazing and detailed account all about solitary bees last spring on this blog. You won’t want to miss it! Click the following link. Just do it: Spring Awakening: Our Backyard Bees Before we move on … Continue reading Woodworking for Wildlife: Observation Hotel for Solitary Bees

Paper making with foraged plants

By: Frances Owen, JCCB Naturalist Paper making is a fun and relaxing craft to do at home. I especially enjoy using foraged plant fibers, as it allows us to connect to our environment in a deeper way. This tutorial originated as part of a paper making class. As such, I have included some resources from … Continue reading Paper making with foraged plants

How to Explore Cangleska Wakan

By: Kristen Morrow, JCC Naturalist The Basics Address: 4045 245th St NE, Solon, IA 52333 Size: 132 acres; 2+ miles of hiking trail What to expect: This JCC park is truly one of a kind. A visitor can enjoy 2 miles of heavily shaded trails through a mature oak-hickory forest, hike along a small crystal clear stream, … Continue reading How to Explore Cangleska Wakan

iNaturalist Hike

By: Caleigh Stanier, JCC Naturalist Intern Do you want to learn about new plants and animals? Are you interested in fun, self-lead citizen science? Try going on an iNaturalist hike!   What is iNaturalist? iNaturalist is an app that identifies organisms that you find outdoors. By taking and submittng a photo of any living thing, you … Continue reading iNaturalist Hike

A July Prairie Hike

By: Caleigh Stanier, JCC Naturalist Intern The July prairie is full of treasures. However, a harsh and sometimes unforgiving summer sun can easily turn a prairie hike into a punishment. But today, the overcast sky’s chilly threat of rain provides you with a rare opportunity to explore Kent Park’s blooming grassland, undisturbed. The trails here … Continue reading A July Prairie Hike

Promethea Moth

Scientific Name: Callosamia promethea Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mandibulata Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Saturniidae (Silk moths) Genus: Callosamia We have caterpillars again! We started raising various species of silk moths for educational purposes in 2019. Check out below for more information about these incredible insects. Fun Facts about Promethea moths! Promethea moths are members of the … Continue reading Promethea Moth


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