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Celebrating the days getting longer

kiley : December 1, 2016 8:41 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Making yin yangs in the snow Burning a yule log, a yule log cake, yule log ornaments on our Christmas trees — but do we really even know where the yule log tradition came from? Naturalist Charles Vigdal will explain to all those who attend the Winter Solstice Hike 3 p.m. Thursday, ...
Photo of a full moon

December’s supermoon and the Geminids meteor shower

kiley : December 1, 2016 8:28 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The closest supermoon since 1948 showed up in November, but was it really that big of a deal? Supermoons actually aren’t all that rare. The term just means a full moon the closely coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, and to most people, a supermoon ...
Photo of a river overlook in fall

Wildlife love Little Sioux Savanna and you should too

kiley : November 18, 2016 10:39 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
  Walk into Little Sioux Savanna, a beautiful park just west of Milford, and take a seat on the mowed trail. Watch. Listen. Wait. A honeybee buzzes beside you as it gathers pollen in the prairie. A northern leopard frog jumps into the Little Sioux River just below where you’re seated. An eight-point ...
Photo of a sign that says turkey and pine cone turkeys

Turkey Trot goes through Kenue Park

kiley : November 10, 2016 9:03 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The sounds of Thanksgiving — the laughter of family members, the sizzle of delicious items on the stove, the gobble of turkeys. The gobble of turkeys? Maybe most families aren’t hearing this fall sound, their turkeys sitting a little more silently in the kitchen, but if you come to the Dickinson County ...
Photo of a yellow-headed blackbird

Do you need to attend Birdwatchers Anonymous?

kiley : November 4, 2016 9:33 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Common loons in winter plumage, a beautiful western grebe, migrating surf scoters — October’s Birdwatchers Anonymous group documented several exciting species. Dickinson County Conservation’s birding offerings have expanded this year as local birder Lee Schoenewe volunteered to lead excursions beyond the normal summer Birding on the Green programs. He wanted people ...
Photo of shelter house by the lake

Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

kiley : October 28, 2016 10:19 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Only two years after the Dickinson County Conservation Board was established, it took on the care of a beautiful recreation area on the south side of Big Spirit Lake. The conservation board worked on an agreement with the State Conservation Commission for 25 years of management of Orleans Beach. The area ...
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