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Graphic about water temperature versus density

How is ice created in lakes?

The temperatures drop, and we all wonder, “When will the lakes freeze?” My question today was, how does that actually happen? Of course, ice is created when the water temperature reaches freezing. That is pretty obvious. We’ve all seen ice cubes created in the freezer. Yet, lakes don’t freeze all at once, and they don’t…

Photo of a bluebird

Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

If you love watching the birds flit to and fro from your outdoor feeders, then you can make an impact as a citizen scientist. The Dickinson County Conservation Board and local birder Lee Schoenewe are working together to gather volunteers to participate in the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count Saturday, Dec. 16. (Learn more…

Photo of fish hatchery

Enjoy environmental learning at other nature centers in northwest Iowa

The Iowa Great Lakes area is full of environmental opportunities, from recreating on the lakes to hiking county and state parks to bird watching. After people experience the many interactive exhibits and live animals at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, they often ask where else they can find fun nature-related things to do…

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