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Family Nature Night kicks off during Winter Games weekend

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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

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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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Animal Baby Name Game

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Baby names are so much fun. Whether you’re planning for your own child, getting ready for a baby shower or just having fun thinking of names, it can be quite a crazy world to look into. There are literally thousands upon thousands of names, and some can be quite crazy. It is the same with…

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Snapping turtles are fascinating

Photo of a common snapping turtle

People speculate how both gangsters and snapping turtles cut off people’s fingers, so when the Dickinson County Nature Center got a baby snapping turtle as an animal ambassador, it was named Capone after the legendary gangster Al Capone. Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) are the largest turtles in Iowa, and they are quite fascinating creatures.…

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No School Day camps premiere in 2019

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On a day with no school, get the kids off the couch and send them to the Dickinson County Nature Center for our all new No School Day Camp. Camps will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 1 — a day off for Okoboji Elementary School — and March 18 — a day off for…

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Why Pluto isn’t considered a planet anymore

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Pluto was first designated a planet in 1930 when it was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. The tiny planet is about two-thirds the diameter of Earth’s moon and most likely is made up of a rocky core surrounded by ice and coated with methane and nitrogen frost. It…

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How fish survive in frozen lakes

The frozen Iowa Great Lakes are dotted with blue and black as ice fishermen set up their shacks, drill holes and search for life below the ice. And there is still plenty of life to be found, but how exactly do fish survive in those frigid temperatures? You can learn how ice is created on…

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Snowshoe trek begins Hike the Wild series

Photo of Horseshoe Bend in winter

Snow falling in winter, waterfowl migrating in spring, flowers blooming in summer, leaves changing colors in the fall. Dickinson County Conservation’s Hike the Wild series will move from monthly to seasonal hikes in 2019, starting with a snowshoe hike Jan. 22. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, pick out…

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What kind of turtle is it?

Photo of an ornate box turtle

Shells, claws and tails — turtles can seem confusingly similar. However, if you know a few key differences to look for, you can soon confidently identify some common turtle species in Iowa. There are 13 turtle species known in Iowa, but we’re going to look at just five — Blanding’s turtles, painted turtles, red-eared sliders,…

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The 2018 #top9 blogs, crafts and activities and photos

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The #top9 is always a trending topic at this time of the year as people look back and reflect. So, being New Year’s Eve, we thought we’d take some time to look back as well and check out our top 9 blogs, top 9 crafts and top 9 photos of the year. Top 9 blogs…

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