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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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Animals

There’s a raccoon in my garage/house. Can I trap it and release it away from my house?

Trapping and moving raccoons does not work. A detailed study revealed that raccoons have a strong homing ability and will return quickly. So, removing a raccoon and driving it 20 miles out into the country will not solve your problem.

The only way to keep raccoons out of structures is to find out how they get in. Raccoons leave at dark so have your patching materials ready.  Check to make sure the animal has left for the evening (but make sure it is not a female with babies inside the structure).  Patch the hole so it cannot get back in when it returns. The only way a trap will work in this situation is if you trap the raccoon as it leaves the structure and hold it in the trap while you patch the hole.  Then release the raccoon right there.

How do I get rid of bats?

Bats are very beneficial creatures, consuming literally thousands of insects daily!  They actually cause few problems, even if roosting in an attic. But every once in a while, a bat will find its way into the living quarters of a home, most often after dark, scaring everyone half to death. Usually they are easy to evict.  Turn off all the lights in the room and open any exterior doors and windows. The bat will soon depart on its own. If the bat won’t leave, turn the lights back on.  Bats are light shy and will try to hide in the folds of a curtain or other dark location. Carefully cover it with a large jar or landing net or even a gloved hand.  Release the bat outdoors and search to locate and plug the bat’s entrance hole.

If your problem is bats roosting in your attic, your best weapon is a caulking gun. Every hole and creack leading into your attic should be filled with quality caulking. Vents should be covered by screening with a mesh no larger than 1/4 inch. Small holes are sometimes hard to find but often they are located under eaves or around attic windows. You can locate the holes during the day but they holes must be plugged at night after the bats have left for the evening hunt.

Rabbits are destroying my garden!  How do I get rid of them?

Probably the best defense against rabbits is a stout fence. Rabbits can leap long distances but they can’t jump very high. A two-foot chicken wire fence is plenty high enough to keep them away from flowers and vegetables. The bottom two inches should be buried in the dirt.  Fencing can be expensive, but it works well.  Trapping is generally a very temporary solution. A more long-term solution would be to encourage predators and discourage rabbit habitat. Remove shrubbery and debris where rabbits can find shelter and leave open lawn surrounding your garden. A large tree nearby may encourage predators to roost and hunt.

Trees

There is something wrong with a tree in my yard.  Can you come out and look at it?

Unfortunately, the Nature Center does not have the staff or the specific expertise to visit and diagnose the many issues confronting trees and plantlife.  We recommend contacting the ISU Extension Office for your county.  They may ask you to bring in leaves or bark from your tree to be examined and/or tested. You might also contact Trees Forever to see if they have a field coordinator in your area who might be able to help.