Conservation

Summer is finally here and Siouxland Public Media took “The Exchange” live to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center on June 21, 2019.

Guest host Sheila Brummer was joined by experts on the environment, conservation and wildlife. 

Education program director at the Nature Center, Dawn Snyder, shared details on the offerings at the facility this summer.  She also talked about the year-round programs available to the public.   

James C Schaap

We were standing atop a miniature mountain, looking out over the Big Sioux River from a statuesque bluff not all that far from the confluence of the Missouri and the Big Sioux, over the prairie land of Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, 3000 acres of sheer beauty.  No one else was there.

Duncan, Patricia D. / Wikimedia Commons

It took me 31 years of Iowa living to take my first steps on real native prairie, the kind my great-grandparents must have set upon when they arrived in northwest Iowa in the 1880s. Thirty-one years. Seems like a lifetime.

But then, real native prairie goes at a premium in this corner of the state. You can stumble on a few sloped patches of original grasses along the bluffs of the Big Sioux River, but for decades already the land has been drawn-and-quartered by the endless row crops of a gigantic garden. 

Divided by Water

Jun 15, 2016

 

    

 

 

Ambi               Walking through grass (Becca: Let’s head that way. Follow the yellow grass.)