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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Fall Mushrooms Photo ExhibitFall Mushrooms Photo Exhibit

October-November: Fall Mushrooms Photography by Roger Heidt. Exhibit in the barn. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4; Saturday 11-4.

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* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat. Each month on the second Thursday gather in the sunroom at Indian Creek Nature Center to enjoy coffee and conversation about the latest happenings at Indian Creek Nature Center. Enjoy a social time, and learn what’s happening in nature at that time, meet Nature Center staff and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs and trails. Free

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* BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub

Time: 6:00 pm

The Nature Center is the place to be if you enjoy watching our feathered friends and learning more about them! Discover the mysteries of migration, build your very own bird feeder, and play bird games in this fun-filled workshop. (Fulfills Requirements: a, c, d & e.) Registration closes Oct. 1st. To complete the process you must also download and fill out one Registration Form and one Roster sheet per pack/group and submit these two forms to ICNC via email or fax. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ATTENDANCE.

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* GSA - Wonders of WaterGSA - Wonders of Water

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Brownie “Become” a droplet of water circling around in Earth’s water cycle. Explore a watershed and learn how it works! Create a rainbow and special art using watercolors. You will discover that water is our most valuable resource as you explore innovative ways to save and protect it. Visit a bioswale, discover and experiment with cement that soaks up rain and find out what a rain garden is! We will lead you on part of the Wonders of Water Journey. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online

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* Home School-Migrating BirdsHome School-Migrating Birds

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program - Birds, Migration and Preparing for Winter. The outdoor world is scrambling to prepare for the cold and snow. Bird activities are what we most often notice where you live in an urban or rural setting. Learn about how birds that stay in Iowa survive, how those that migrate know when & where, and how you can help those that stay. Learn about Citizen Scientist migration studies you can take part in. 1 ½ hours. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* BSA - Water & Soil Cons.BSA - Water & Soil Cons.

Time: 6:00 pm

Bear Cub Elective #15 - “Water and Soil Conservation” Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 PM this workshop is CLOSED. No additional registrations accepted.

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* GSA - Nature's ArtGSA - Nature's Art

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30-11:00 AM. Girl Scouts - Daisy - Explore art in nature! Colors, shapes and textures are vibrant in the world around you. Spend time creating artwork from natural materials. Consider the sources and original locations of these materials. We will lead you on part of the Between Earth and Sky Journey. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online

* Migration: Fall PhenomenonMigration: Fall Phenomenon

Time: 1:00 pm

Migration: The Fall Nature Phenomenon Saturday, October 18, 1 PM Explore the mysterious migrations of birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Learn how various creatures know when and where to go. Explore large and small migration journeys. M $3; NM $5; children $2.

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* Eagle Scout OrientationEagle Scout Orientation

Time: 9:00 am

Interested in learning more about eagle scout service project opportunities at ICNC? Come and learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Preregistration required.

* Gather Prairie Seed Gather Prairie Seed

Time: 11:00 am

Gather Prairie Seed for Your Yard Saturday, October 25 11 AM-1 PM After decades of successful prairie restoration, the Nature Center is sharing its seed. Learn restoration basics and seed collection strategies. Spend time with our land stewards collecting seed for your prairie project. Bring a paper bag for seed collecting. Cost: $15 plus a large paper bag for your seed.

* Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!

Time: 2:00 pm

Halloween Fun at the Nature Center: Scary Stories! Saturday, October 25, 2 PM. Join master storyteller Darrin Crow for stories that bump, jump, and thump! Darrin’s animated performance will actively engage adults and children alike as they enjoy these slightly scary and very fun tales. Create a mask to conceal yourself from all scary critters. Register at indiancreeknaturecenter.org or call 319 362-0664. Children (ages 5 & up): M $2; NM $3. Adults: M $4; NM $5.

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Wildlife

Photo of a mounted owl in the auditorium of the Indian Creek Nature CenterMost wild animals tend to avoid one of their largest predators—humans. If you are quiet and patient, some animals may let you see them. Signs of wildlife are abundant on the property.

The Nature Center receives many inquiries about abandoned or injured wildlife people find in their yards or on hikes.  We are not licensed, equipped or staffed to handle injured or abandoned wildlife. We recommend you contact the Wapsie River Wildlife Rehabilitation Project if you have orphaned, injured, or displaced wildlife. They are volunteers licensed through the Department of Natural Resources who care for area wildlife in need. Their services are free although donations are always appreciated. The Wildlife Hotline number is: 319-480-6828. This phone number will place you in contact with over twenty rehabilitators with consideration of location, expertise of species, and circumstances. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page.

Other resources include the McBride Raptor Project at Kirkwood Community College for birds of prey (319-398-5495). You can also contact DNR Game Wardens Aric Sloterdyk (319-350-2863) or Ron Lane (319-350-2871) for assistance.

Orphaned Wildlife is Rarely Truly Orphaned

Usually mother is hidden nearby watching. Adult mammals have strong odors that are easily detected by predators. Young mammals are naturally protected by not having strong odors that attract predators. Wild mothers will not stay in a nest unless they are actually nursing their offspring. If you discover a nest of young wildlife, leave it alone. They do not need to be “rescued”.

Baby rabbits spend many hours alone in their fur-lined nest with the mother rabbit secretly visiting only to nurse them. She is rarely seen. Rabbit nests that are discovered should be left alone and pets should be kept away from the site. If tiny rabbits handled by humans, the mother rabbit will still return and care for them. Her instinct to care for her young is greater than her fear of human scent. Leave them in the nest or at the nest site if the nest have been destroyed. The mother will move them to a new nest. Be patient. She may wait for darkness to hide her activities.

Deer hide fawns in tall grasses or woodland plants. Fawns may appear to be abandoned but do not be fooled. The doe is nearby watching and she will return. Never remove a fawn from where it is found.

Photo of bluebird hatchlings on the prairie at the Indian Creek Nature CenterBaby birds are frequently found on the ground, especially as they leave the nest for the first time, an act called fledging. It is natural for fledglings to spend some days on the ground while learning to fly and be independent. The parents feed and care for the young during this critical period. It is important to keep cats and dogs away from the site. A young bird found on the ground can be placed in a nearby bush or tree for safety. If you place it back in the nest, it will only leave again. Birds that are fledglings will be covered with feathers.

Storms often knock baby birds from nests before the birds are ready to fledge. These birds will not be fully feathered. Place the bird back in the nest if you can. Birds have very little sense of smell and parent bird will not detect that a human has handled their young. Parents will return to care for the young. Do not take the bird into your house. If the parents return and cannot find their young, they will assume a predator destroyed them and not return to that nesting site. It is best to let nature take it’s course. Injured creatures are a link in the natural food chain.

All wild baby birds, mammals and reptiles are difficult to care for. Wild animals and birds never make good pets. They often carry diseases you can contract. A license from the state Department of Natural Resources is required to care for injured animals or birds. Wildlife rehabilitators are trained and licensed to care for injured or truly orphaned wildlife. Contact the Iowa DNR, 1-515-281-IDNR for more information. It is illegal to have a wild bird, mammal or reptile as a pet unless you have a state license to do so.