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Treasuring Our Trees

Treasuring Our Trees

Winding Pathways is partnering with Cornell College, Indian Creek Nature Center, Peoples Church, Prairiewoods, and Trees Forever to present Treasuring our Trees. Join us via ZOOM to honor and remember the fallen trees in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas...

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What Did the Derecho Do to Wildlife?

What Did the Derecho Do to Wildlife?

We’ll remember August 10, 2020, forever. On that day the wind changed Eastern Iowa and Winding Pathways in a way that will persist for a century. In 40 minutes, straight-line wind gusts up to 140 miles an hour toppled or broke 47 of our 53 trees. Two landed on our...

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How Do You Protect Your Newly Planted Trees?

How Do You Protect Your Newly Planted Trees?

People in Eastern Iowa planting young trees to replace those shattered by the August 10 Derecho need to remember an important step.  Protect those vulnerable and valuable young trees. Here is our story. A distressing sight greeted us one September morning a few years...

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What Happens to Chickens in a Natural Disaster?

What Happens to Chickens in a Natural Disaster?

Clouds darkened in the late morning of August 10, 2020, as a thunderstorm warning was broadcast by radio stations. That’s common during Iowa summers, so we weren’t overly concerned. A half-hour later, a roaring wind engulfed Cedar Rapids. It was a derecho bearing...

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How Do You Prepare for a Derecho?

How Do You Prepare for a Derecho?

Well, you don't. These powerful storms develop quickly from what seems like a "normal" thunderstorm. Even the weather service can be caught off guard as happened Monday, August 10, 2020, as a series of storms developed over Nebraska and swept East rapidly. Gustavus...

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Drought Lessons and Tips for a Green Lawn

Drought Lessons and Tips for a Green Lawn

Iowa normally enjoys about an inch of rain a week during the growing season. Not this year. We haven’t had rain for a month and none is in sight. Droughts have their benefits. Most obvious is the dearth of mosquitoes and gnats that thrive during wet years. Less known...

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Why Is There a Snake in My Garden?

Why Is There a Snake in My Garden?

On a July evening, Rich reached down to pick string beans and was startled to spot a garter snake peering up at him from beneath a plant. We’ve seen the three-foot-long snake many times this year around the yard but it seems to particularly like lounging in shade cast...

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Prairie Renaissance Part Five

Prairie Renaissance Part Five

Learning from the Prairie  Wow. It’s August! We recently completed a management step on the prairie planted in early June. Weeds were outgrowing infant prairie plants that need sunshine. We buzzed off the weeds at the highest setting possible on our battery-powered...

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How We Have Spent Our Time in The Great Pause

How We Have Spent Our Time in The Great Pause

Guest Bloggers Reply Readers offered their activities in The Great Pause. Most were home-centered with some careful forays into society. And, of course, connecting with self and nature. SA: My mother was in a nursing home in Bettendorf. Visitors were prohibited but I...

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Why Do Raccoons Tear Up Feeders?

Why Do Raccoons Tear Up Feeders?

What to Do About Raccoons One June morning we peered out our dining room window to see bird feeder carnage. The shepherd’s hook that holds up suet and seed feeders were bent and the board it was anchored in shattered. The feeders were gone. One we later found in the...

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What To Do About Cats Under the Feeder

What To Do About Cats Under the Feeder

One morning while watching the arrival of spring migrant birds, we were startled and annoyed to see a cat lurking under the feeder seeking a bird victim. We so enjoy the Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and Indigo Buntings at our feeders. They add diversity to our usual...

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