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News & Blog

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We Did(n't) Start the Fire

It was always burning, since the world’s been turning! Fire has been a natural, beneficial and integral part of our ecosystem for thousands of years. So much so, that many of our native communities evolved alongside and now depend upon frequent fire and its effects for their health - that’s why our trained team at Pottawattamie Conservation conducts prescribed fire across the county each year.

11/23/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator

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Remembering and Celebrating an American Icon at Bison Fest

In honor of National Bison Day on November 6th, come visit our bison herd out at Botna Bend Park and learn more about this magnificent species, the conservation efforts that help preserve them and their important relationship with prairie ecosystems.

11/4/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator

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Volunteer of the Month: Dorie Celebrates 14 Years of Giving Back

Every month we will shine a light on a volunteer to thank them for their time and talents, recognize the difference they make and share more about opportunities to give back to our community and environment through Pottawattamie Conservation parks.

11/4/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator

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In the News: New Improvements Made at Hitchcock Nature Center

Pottawattamie Conservation has recently made updates at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek to “enhance the visitor experience and protect the park’s rare Loess soil and ecosystems.”

11/1/2021
Emmalee Scheibe, The Daily Nonpareil
Hitchcock Nature Center, News

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Thistle Busting with Natural Areas Management

If there's noxious weeds, and it don't look good, who you gonna call? Thistle busters!

10/25/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator

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That’s a Wrap! Road and Parking Construction is Complete at Hitchcock

Visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center now have additional parking options and can more safely navigate through the park, enhancing their experience and protecting the park’s rare Loess soil and ecosystems.

10/21/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Hitchcock Nature Center, News

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In the News: Hitchcock Hawkwatch celebrates 30 years of tracking, protecting hawks and falcons

Volunteers started the organization in 1991

10/20/2021
Josh Gear, KETV NewsWatch 7
News

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HawkWatch Celebrates 30 Years of Raptor Conservation

The Hitchcock HawkWatch volunteer group has recorded the migration of hundreds of thousands of eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and falcons since 1991, and it’s time to celebrate their hard work!

10/5/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Autumn, Bird Watching, Events, HawkWatch, Hitchcock Nature Center, News, Volunteering

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Hunting’s Important Role in Conservation

Deer hunting has been practiced at Hitchcock Nature Center since 1991 and is an important conservation method. Read on to learn more about why building connections with hunters is important for preserving and managing land.

9/27/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Hitchcock Nature Center, Hunting, News

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Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Invites Public to “Go Wild For Conservation” September 9th

Proceeds provide field trip scholarships for local schools.

9/3/2021
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Events, News

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Getting to Know Kathy Fiscus Our July Speaker

Get to know our July speaker, Kathy Fiscus & get ready for "Loess Hills & Scenic Byway Art" on July 8th!

6/28/2021
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist and with Kathy Fiscus
Conservation, Environmental Education, Loess Hills, Speaker Series

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Join us for a Hitch Hike this Summer

Want to learn more about the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center? Join us for a Hitch Hike this summer & get the guided experience.

4/29/2021
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants, Summer

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Getting to Know Benjamin Vogt

Pottawattamie Conservation is excited to announce the next Speaker Series program this May 13th. This online program is held in partnership with the Council Bluffs Public Library & supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

4/27/2021
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist and with Benjamin Vogt
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Native Plants, Speaker Series

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Thank You Volunteers!

It's Volunteer Appreciation Week! A huge thanks to all our volunteers for everything you do.

4/23/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Conservation, Environmental Education, HawkWatch, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park, Volunteering

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Litter Busters!

Learn the intrepid tale of the Dump Busters and continue the legacy by busting some litter at Hitchcock Nature Center for Earth Day!

4/16/2021
Rene Stroud, Naturalist
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Green Thumbs, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Holidays, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants, Our Staff, Spring, Volunteering, Zero Waste

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Fauna Feature: Eastern Cottontail

Get to know the Eastern Cottontail, Iowa's native rabbit!

4/2/2021
Conservation, Environmental Education, Native Animals

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