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Walking the walk with nature lovers in the Loess Hills

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – With a springlike week upon us, a lot in the metro are getting outdoors to spend time in nature.

Nature is the place we caught up with Biologist and Ecologist Ron Cisar of Omaha, sharing his love of the pure world.

”You by no means see all of it.” Cisar mentioned. “That’s what’s fun about the natural world, you always find something new. “

Cisar is a retired Assistant Professor Emeritus at Iowa Western Community College and a longtime educator in Omaha Public Schools. As a naturalist regularly speaking to groups and exploring the outdoors, Cisar walks the walk and talks the talk.

”Loads of us, together with myself, we head west possibly and go to the Rocky Mountains for a trip or again east or go the seashore,” Cisar mentioned. “But sometimes you have to be more acquainted with what’s in your own backyard.”

Cisar hosts the month-to-month “A Land Ethic Workshop” at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa. He held a free introductory class this previous weekend, and the month-to-month workshops which run till December require registration and a small charge.

The course permits him to channel fellow naturalists like Aldo Leopold, who pioneered the trendy ecology motion.

”Basically what Leopold was attempting to show us is that we had been a part of a group,” Cisar mentioned. “We weren’t separate from this community of living things, we were part of it, an integral part, and we needed to learn how to live and love on the land.”

The Hitchcock Nature Center is situated in Pottawattamie County, Iowa’s Loess Hills. He calls the hills a singular and globally essential location, with species, vegetation and animals solely discovered there.

”It’s type of a string of pearls,” Cisar mentioned. “Hitchcock Nature Center, and Preservation Canyon north of us and so on, … are really fabulous places to study the ecology and biology of the hills.”

Cisar can be an achieved musician, typically writing songs reflecting his experiences in nature.

”I bear in mind listening to about an individual who mentioned to a different man, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve been to Yellowstone as soon as,’” Cisar mentioned. “You know, once is not enough. You can go every day of your life and see something completely brand new. I think that’s true no matter what ecosystem you’re in, whether you’re in prairie or woodlands, around a stream or a lake or a river, there’s always something new.”

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