Category Archive for "Critters"

Some Really Mammoth News

Indian Creek Nature Center

Naturalist David Brenzel has been even busier than usual at the mammoth dig site!  They’ve formed an interesting and important theory about our mammoths and he shares it with us. I’ve included a couple of his photos here; all eight…

City Chick

Indian Creek Nature Center

Nature Center board president Rebecca Mumaw was the driving force behind the passage of the ordinance allowing backyard chickens in Cedar Rapids. She and CR-CLUC (Citizens for the Legalization of Urban Chickens) have since helped other communities craft ordinances to…

Beekeepers Wind Down Their Season

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jean shares her observations as honey season winds down The goldenrod is one of the first fall flowers to begin blooming, and it marks the end of the honey season for beekeepers. We’ve been busy behind-the-scenes in preparation for Honeyfest….

Our Bees LOVE Joe Pye

Indian Creek Nature Center

Land steward Jean Wiedenheft loves to take photos of  “her” bees on our flowers around the grounds and the bees have been going crazy for the Joe Pye weed out back. It’s really not a weed at all and has…

Going Buggy

Indian Creek Nature Center

Naturalist Jennifer Rupp shares news of a new discovery on the grounds! “Goin’ Buggy” isn’t just the theme of one of our preschool summer camps this year; it is a part of EVERY summer camp this year!  I’m not referring…

Getting His Feet Wet

Indian Creek Nature Center

Our new Executive Director, John Myers, is just getting his feet “wet” in his new position, but he already has some observations to share. Today marks the end of my fourth week at the Nature Center as Executive Director.  During…

Diggin’ Up Bones

Indian Creek Nature Center

Aside from being one of our great naturalists at the Nature Center, David Brenzel is also an paleontologist and digger of mammoth bones. We were fascinated by his adventures last season and he tells us of the first dig of…

Indian Creek Comes Alive

Indian Creek Nature Center

Rich often walks along the creek during lunch and here’s what he’s seen recently…..      Warm spring weather brings enormous change to aquatic life in Indian Creek. Much fishery research has been conducted on Iowa’s tributary streams, especially those that…

After the Rain

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jean was out inspecting the trails following our big rains last week and offered these observations… The recent rains, while much-needed, have brought down some trees across the trails. The sunshine and lack of wind today finally provided a big…

Sounds of Spring

Indian Creek Nature Center

Chris was the first to hear the chorus frogs singing this week, causing great excitement around here. Today, he caught some the show just off Wood Duck Way. The chorus has begun!   Last Monday, I heard a distinctive and familiar…