Posts by kiley

Four recipes that highlight honey

It’s sweet. It’s healthy. It never goes bad. Honey is really an amazing food. (Read “Save the Bees, Save the Honey”) We talk a lot about the importance of bees as pollinators, but sometimes you just have to appreciate the simple fact that they make a wonderful product. It’s easy to incorporate honey into your…

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Turn yourself into a lady bug: Personalized rock craft

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Have you ever wanted to experience the world through the eyes of an insect? Imagine the viewpoint looking up through the grass, seeing the expansive world that exists right on the surface of the earth. Well, I can’t offer you that view, but I can help you turn yourself into a bug — at least…

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Enjoy the outdoors with Hike the Wild

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If you have hay fever after what seems like a long winter and are just itching to get outside, the Dickinson County Conservation Board has the answer. Its monthly Hike the Wild program restarts for 2018 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a special snowshoe hike at Elinor Bedell State Park. “Snowshoeing is always weather dependent,…

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Add some color to your snowy world with ice balls

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Our naturalists are incredibly creative, and it’s fun to watch their ideas take shape. For Nature Tots in January, Bryanna Kuhlman, our environmental education coordinator, and Ashley Hansen, our naturalist, put together snow activities that included snow volcanoes, snow painting and playing with ice balloons. If you’re looking for a way to make the snow…

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Learn about the butterflies and moths found in Dickinson County

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Five families of butterflies call Dickinson County home, including 70 different species. But how much do you know about them? Naturalist Ashley Hansen will teach people about the native butterflies and moths of the Iowa Great Lakes area during the first program in the new Pollinator Education series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the…

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Horseshoe Bend open Feb. 17, 2018

The Horseshoe Bend Winter Sports Area will be open Saturday, Feb. 17. Due to expected warm weather this weekend, conditions will be re-evaluated on Saturday regarding if the tubing hill will be open Sunday-Monday, Feb. 18-19. We will post on our Facebook Saturday about operating hours the rest of the weekend. The Dickinson County Conservation Board’s…

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Six ways native bees differ from honeybees

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People often use the term bee when talking about any kind of buzzing creature outside — it could be a honeybee, a bumble bee, a mason bee, a sweat bee or even a wasp or yellowjacket. However, it’s important to differentiate between the different kinds of bees. That may be difficult since the U.S. has…

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The majestic monarch’s magnificent life cycle

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A few more weeks and the monarch butterflies that are overwintering in Mexico will start making their way north. Once coming out of hibernation, a female monarch will find a male with which to reproduce. Around the Texas/Mexico border, the female monarch will find milkweed plants on which to lay her eggs. She can lay…

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