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Spring Creek at Ft. Defiance State Park, Emmet County

Daniel Ruf

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Turin Prairie, Monona County

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Nathan Houck

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  • Rooted in Service

    JUN. 18, 2024

    INHF board members, past and present, ensure the organization stays true to its founding principles.

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  • Bumble Bee Watch

    JUN. 7, 2024

    Bumble bees are important pollinators of both crops and native plants. Scientists are trying to gather baseline data to learn more about how bumble bee populations and ranges are changing and are asking for your help through a community science project called Bumble Bee Watch. It's an easy way for you and your family to virtually care for these pollinators.

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  • Species spotlight: Black raspberry

    JUN. 1, 2024

    You're hiking through the woods when something catches your eye. Just a hint of red and dark purple, tucked into the blanket of green vegetation surrounding you. Upon closer observation, the pops of color are revealed to belong to a berry bush. Blackberry, perhaps? No, too much red. Raspberry? Here are a few tips to identify black raspberry.

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  • Summer of Cicadas

    MAY. 28, 2024

    They're here! If you haven't heard already, parts of the U.S. will see an aligned emergence of the 13-year Brood XIII and the 17-year Brood XIX cicadas this summer. Cicadas are a great insect to explore further with your family since they don't bite or sting and are easy to see (and hear). Here are a few ideas to get kids interested in this year's loudest buzz.

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  • Fantastic Fens

    MAY. 24, 2024

    Fens are one of Iowa's rarest landscapes. While typically small in size, fens pack a large and diverse number of unique animals and plants. Recognizing their ecological importance, INHF works hand-in-hand with landowners to ensure these vital habitats remain protected.

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