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Want to delve deeper into kayaking? Advanced course offered

You’re out kayaking when you encounter an emergency situation. Someone has flipped his kayak and is in distress. How do you help him? Learning how to do an open water rescue will be part of the advanced Kickstart Your Kayak course 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. American Canoe Association certified instructor Mark Foss, in…

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Active Adventurers camp for ages 8-9

Environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman loves being active outside — hiking, watching wildlife, biking. And she is excited to help youth find how they enjoy recreating outdoors during the Active Adventurers camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14-15 at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We plan to show kids how they can safely recreate…

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Extirpated mammals in Iowa

After European settlement, osprey were extirpated in Iowa. Many of the wetlands were drained and water quality lowered as the landscape changed, and these fishing birds of prey sought homes in other areas. However, in the early 2000s, after years of concentrated efforts to improve water quality in the Iowa Great Lakes area, osprey returned…