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The Preserve - July 10, 2013

Posted on 07/10/2013 at 4:32 PM
A beautiful blue sky was looking over the preserve today. The prairie around the preserve is still growing tall and there are more flowering plants that have started to bloom in the last few weeks. I didn’t think it was possible for the prairie grass to grow taller, however, I...

The Preserve - June 26, 2013

Posted on 06/27/2013 at 10:15 AM
Today was a very sunny day at the preserve. The grass and plants are still growing high. The baby bison is now getting very hard to see. The mom and dad bison are similar to last week. There is even more plants this week than last week - including some...

The Preserve - June 19, 2013

Posted on 06/24/2013 at 10:12 AM
Today was a nice day at the preserve. The grass is still very green and still growing. The baby bison is now getting very hard to see and the mom bison is hafl way covered and the dad bison is partially covered. I did notice there are a few more...

The Preserve - June 12, 2013

Posted on 06/14/2013 at 9:38 AM
The preserve today did not have much of a change. The baby bison is starting to become very hard to see with all the tall green grass growing in the prairie. There has been no change in the animals seen – and the Red-wing Blackbirds are very prominent around the...

The Preserve - June 5, 2013

Posted on 06/10/2013 at 11:21 AM
The prarie today looked very green. It is a rainy day, so the skies were grey. The trees are full with beautiful green leaves and the prairie is a sea of green grass. This week we do have a small change with the bison family. The grass has started to...

The Preserve - May 15, 2013

Posted on 05/15/2013 at 1:00 PM
Today was a picture perfect day. It’s amazing how much change can happen in a week. There was not to much change with the prairie. The trees, however, are substantially different. Last week some of the trees had light green, slightly sparse leaves. This week, most of the trees the...

The Preserve - May 8, 2013

Posted on 05/10/2013 at 11:10 AM
Today was a beautiful spring day. The birds were chirping, the American Toads and Bullfrogs will ‘singing a song’ and the preserve is looking much more green. The small pops of color of yellow, purple and white are making the preserve seem much more alive. The prairie itself has had...

The Preserve - May 1, 2013

Posted on 05/06/2013 at 10:01 AM
Today at the preserve looked quite springy – minus the weather with grey skies. Does anyone see the difference from this week to last week? There are leaves on the trees! This past weekend, trees and flowers have started to pop. The grass had also started popping up in more...

The Preserve - April 24, 2013

Posted on 04/24/2013 at 2:39 PM
Today was a beautiful Spring day at the preserve. Birds chirping, blue skies, white fluffy clouds and sunshine. The only thing missing – leaves on trees and flowers. There has not been much change with the prairie or the bison, as the prairie has not started to grow or pop...

The Preserve - April 3, 2013

Posted on 04/05/2013 at 4:16 PM
The preserve is ready for spring! The snow has completed melted and the pond has just a few areas that are still frozen. There has not been any changes in the prairie or bison from last week. One noticeable difference in the preserve surroundings were the amount of birds that...

The Preserve - March 20, 2013

Posted on 03/27/2013 at 4:12 PM
The preserve today had a very subdued look to it. The snow has been melted once again and the prairie is looking like a typical end-of-the winter scene. Since the snow has melted, some of the prairie has popped back up and hiding parts of the bison. I did see...

The Preserve - March 13, 2013

Posted on 03/16/2013 at 1:47 PM
It was a gorgeous, sunny day with blue skies. As I said last week, I expected the prairie to be nearly snow-free; and it was until Sunday evening. On Sunday afternoon we received another snow storm that brought 8 inches of very heavy snow. The weight of the snow has,...

The Preserve - March 6, 2013

Posted on 03/07/2013 at 4:16 PM
It was a beautiful day. The skies were partly sunny and filled with big white fluffy clouds. Since we have had the sun for a few days – even though it hasn’t been that warm, the sun, as you can see has started melting the snow. With the extended forecast...

The Preserve - February 27, 2013

Posted on 02/28/2013 at 1:52 PM
It’s amazing how much a week can make a difference. Last week the prairie was bare, this week, it has been blanketed with 9 inches of snow. It is interesting to also see the difference of weight in snow. With our last snow, it was very heavy and buried the...

The Preserve - February 20, 2013

Posted on 02/21/2013 at 12:10 PM
It was a sunny – but chilly day at the preserve. The snow is hard to see now. The bison are similar, however some of the prairie has popped up and slightly covering the ‘mother bison’. Today I did not see nor hear any birds. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};

The Preserve - February 13, 2013

Posted on 02/15/2013 at 3:12 PM
Blue skies and sun shining down made the preserve look more colorful than last week. The snow is down to a minimum, the only ‘signs’ of winter are on the pond which is still frozen over. The bison look similar to last week. There were quite a few Red-Tail Hawks...

The Preserve - February 6, 2013

Posted on 02/06/2013 at 4:17 PM
Last week the temperatures on average were 20 – 30 below zero with the wind chill, so a picture was not taken. Today at the preserve, the cloudiness put a slightly dull color over the prairie. The snow is slowly melting down and around the preserve there are mostly puddles...

The Preserve - January 25, 2013

Posted on 01/25/2013 at 3:25 PM
We had a small amount of snow this past week, but most has already melted. The major change for this week is the amount of snow that you can see on the preserve. You can clearly see it in the background, but directly on the preserve, there is not much...

The Preserve - January 16, 2013

Posted on 01/21/2013 at 10:05 AM
This week has brought more sun and warmth and a majority of the snow has now melted. The prairie is looking similar to how it looked before we received the foot of snow. With the prairie back up, the bison are now starting to be partially covered up again. I...

The Preserve - January 9, 2013

Posted on 01/10/2013 at 1:19 PM
var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; Iowa weather has a tendency to change quickly. Last week it was chilly, there was a lot of snow on the ground and it was a picture perfect winter day. This week, the days have been sunny and highs in the 40s. With the ‘heat wave’...

The Preserve - January 4, 2013

Posted on 01/07/2013 at 10:10 AM
The preserve today has a much different look from last time. The 10 inches of snow has turned everything white. The very heavy snow has pushed the prairie down to the ground, therefore, the bison are now exposed. You can easily see all the bison, including the baby bison. There...

Three Month Preserve Comparison

Posted on 12/19/2012 at 4:07 PM
This picture is true showcase of how different each season is - and even more so, how different Fall is. It is not officially Winter until December 21. Take a look for yourself on how the preserve looked September 19 and how it looks today. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};

The Preserve - December 19, 2012

Posted on 12/19/2012 at 3:59 PM
Today was the exact type of scene that you would think of when a blizzard warning has been issued. It was a grey day with wind gusts. The prairie is the same color and you the Bison are the same. The pond is still frozen and all the plants and...

The Preserve - December 12, 2012

Posted on 12/13/2012 at 11:41 AM
It was a beautiful sunny, but breezy day. The prarie is the same color and you can still see the Bison parents and just the head of the baby bison. As projected, the pond has indeed started to freeze again. There was one difference, the only thing I heard was...

The Preserve - December 5, 2012

Posted on 12/12/2012 at 8:49 AM
It was a partly cloudy day, which reflects how the picture looks today. The bison are the same color and you can still see the Bison parents and just the head of the baby bison. The frozen pond from last week has turned back into free flowing pond due to...

The Preserve - November 28

Posted on 11/29/2012 at 3:47 PM
Sorry for not posting last week due to Thanksgiving, do not worry, the Preserve did not have any major changes. On this sunny day, the change in the preserve has stayed the same. The bison are the same color and you can still see the Bison parents and just the...

The Preserve - November 14, 2012

Posted on 11/16/2012 at 4:12 PM
It was another beautiful and sunny day. Again, the change in the preserve from this week and last week has stayed the same. The bison are similar to last week. I could still hear the chirping of birds around the preserve, but only saw a few flying around the sky...

The Preserve - November 7, 2012

Posted on 11/08/2012 at 12:39 PM
It was another beautiful, sunny day today – which at times in Iowa, November can be cold and snowy. There was not a vast change in the preserve from last week. The one small thing that was noticed is the milkweed plants for the most part have finished going to...

The Preserve - October 31, 2012

Posted on 11/01/2012 at 10:59 AM
It was a beautiful, sunny day today. The preserve has become a sea of creams, whites and browns, with the occasional peaks of green poking through. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie has looking more white in color, from the tops of the...

The Preserve - October 24, 2012

Posted on 10/26/2012 at 9:43 AM
Today was mostly cloudy with small peaks of sun – it was a very nice day. The preserve is noticeably less green and the amount of leaves on the trees are very few. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie has lost quite a...

The Preserve - October 17, 2012

Posted on 10/22/2012 at 10:32 AM
Today it was cloudy with no peaks of sun. The preserve started really showing the signs of it being late fall. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie has become a full wheat color. Most of the tress have lost there leaves. The bison...

The Preserve - October 10, 2012

Posted on 10/10/2012 at 3:05 PM
It was a slightly chilly, but sunny day at The Preserve today. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie has almost completely transformed into a wheat color. The leaves are turning and falling from the tress. The bison are similar to last week, you...

The Preserve - October 3, 2012

Posted on 10/04/2012 at 3:03 PM
It was a breezy, but beautiful at The Preserve today. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie continues to become more golden and becoming more of a wheat color. The leaves are turning from green to yellow and are starting to fall. If you...

The Preserve - September 26, 2012

Posted on 09/26/2012 at 4:59 PM
It was another gorgeous day at The Preserve today. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie is loosing its yellow color and even more golden than last week. The fall colors are slowly popping out. The bison appear to look about the same, the...

The Preserve - September 19, 2012

Posted on 09/19/2012 at 12:36 PM
It was a beautiful day at The Preserve today. The differences that we have noticed from last week is that the prairie is slightly less yellow and turning more golden. The bison appear to look the same and you still see the whole family. What differences do you see?

The Bison and The Preserve

Posted on 09/18/2012 at 11:08 AM
The Preserve at Y Camp is a beautiful place on camp where there are no signs of big buildings, telephone polls and the everyday noises you hear from day to day. Instead, you see prarie grass, large trees, lovely flowers, gorgeous scenery and the sounds of birds. We, at Y...
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