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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were originally inspired by red-eared sliders

Red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) are found throughout the United States, but that hasn’t always been the case. These aquatic turtles are natively found in the southeastern United States from Texas to Alabama north to southern Ohio and into Kansas. Their native watersheds may have even extended into Iowa. Red-eared sliders gained popularity in the…

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Family Nature Night kicks off during Winter Games weekend

The University of Okoboji Winter Games is all about enjoying the season outdoors. The first Family Nature Night celebrates the same theme 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Dickinson County Nature Center, during one of the area’s biggest celebrations of the year. “We’re going to be encouraging families to get out at night, in…

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Orange pheasant

My husband doesn’t usually go pheasant hunting, because it’s difficult to do without a hunting dog, and our Olde English Bulldog just doesn’t seem to like the outdoors…or being active…or being awake. So I haven’t had the chance to eat pheasant before, but this year he went hunting with a friend and shot a pheasant.…

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