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Learn from birding pros with Birding on the Green

kiley : April 21, 2017 9:20 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
The “oo-eek, oo-eek” of a female wood duck. The “wha-wha-wha” of a white-breasted nuthatch. The “tee-yee” courtship call of an American goldfinch. Listen hard and you may hear all of these and more during the Birding of the Green program 7 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Brooks National Golf Club in ...
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Learn about America’s great birder

kiley : April 14, 2017 11:37 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information
John James Audubon actually had no role in the organization that bears his name — the Audubon Society. However, George Bird Grinnell was tutored by Audubon’s widow, Lucy Audubon, and when Grinnell worked to put together an organization protecting birds and their habitats, he decided that the Audubon name would be ...
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Welcome environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman

kiley : April 7, 2017 9:30 am : Administrative, Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
“We were messy little critters.” Environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman’s memories of her childhood spent outdoors in Menomonie, WI, have shaped her into who she is today. “We had forts in trees; we would catch frogs in retention ponds,” Kuhlman said. “I had my red bucket full of worms.” She and her sister ...
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Color In Nature art exhibit opens in April

kiley : March 30, 2017 9:19 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
A family boating get-together. A butterfly flitting through the prairie. A walk through wildflowers. Outdoor experiences such as these deeply influence Eagle Grove resident Diane O’Hern’s artwork, which will be evident in her multi-media exhibit featured April-June in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. O’Hern began ...
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Celebrate Earth Day by meeting John James Audubon

kiley : March 24, 2017 8:47 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
While Brian Ellis chatted on the phone, he watched the prairie he had planted outside his home. Grasses blew in the breeze, the soil radiated warmth from the sun and birds were nesting within view. He hopes that when people come to his one-man storytelling production about John James Audubon that they ...
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It’s time to think about spring planting

kiley : March 17, 2017 8:43 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Bring back the bees. Bring back the butterflies. With pollinator populations dropping drastically in recent years, the push to bring them back has spread. But how do we do that? One of the best ways is to plant native flowers and grasses in our landscaping, providing pollinator habitat and food sources. Native plantings ...
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