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Celebrate Prairie Heritage Week at Judd Wildlife Area

Photo of prairie in bloom

Bryanna Kuhlman wanted to highlight the Judd Wildlife Area during Iowa’s Prairie Heritage Week Sept. 9-15. “I thought it would be good to highlight our Judd Wildlife Area because it has remnant, restored and currently-being-restored prairie areas,” said the Dickinson County Conservation Board’s environmental education coordinator. Kuhlman will host a Hike the Wild program at…

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Tell apart Iowa toads

Photo of back of American toad

Al and Wally, named for conservationist Alfred Wallace, are two Great Plains toads (Anaxyrus cognatus) that live at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Four different toads live in Iowa — Great Plains toad, American toad, Fowler’s toad and Woodhouse’s toad — and they can be difficult to tell apart. Here are a few key ways…

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Six facts about viceroy butterflies

Photo of a viceroy butterfly

You see a black-and-orange butterfly flitting around, but it looks too small to be a monarch butterfly. This butterfly has very similar markings, except for the black line across its hindwing. What could it be? It’s a viceroy! 1. Viceroys are mimics. Viceroy butterflies mimic monarch butterflies, and it was long thought that was because…

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Brooks Golf request for proposals

The Dickinson County Conservation Board voted to keep Brooks Golf as a golf course and to send out a request for proposals to lease the course to a management company beginning in 2020. The current lease contract with Brooks Management LLC runs through 2019. Dickinson County Conservation Board took ownership of Brooks Golf in March…

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Silly Sally headlines the Bee & Butterfly Festival

Ventriloquism, magic, music and storytelling — Silly Sally’s show is sure to be a hit at the Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday, Sept. 6, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “I have a few new things just for this,” said Sally Shaver DuBois, also known as Silly Sally. “I have a monarch puppet…

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Worker bee jobs

“It looked like two bees were dead and other bees were picking them up and dragging them away. Do they do that?” When you watch a honeybee hive, you’ll see the honeybees doing what might seem like odd activities. I mean, why would they be dragging around a dead bee? There’s a perfectly rational explanation…

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10 pollinator crafts

Do you love pollinators as much as we do? Then try out some of our favorite pollinator-themed crafts! Egg carton butterfly I saw a funny meme about looking for recipes online and having to click on a post that instead of giving you the list of ingredients instead goes through “When I was senior in…

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10 facts about red admiral butterflies

Photo of red admiral butterfly

We’ve noticed a lot of red admirals lately. They might not be as big or as flashy as monarchs, but these little orangish-red and black butterflies are really neat. Here are 10 things that make red admiral butterflies (Vanessa atalanta) unique: 1. They like stinging nettle. We’ve all reached down to pull a weed and…

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A butterfly’s bilateral symmetry

The line of symmetry is the imaginary line that divides something into two exactly equal and opposite parts. These two parts mirror each other; you can fold the figure in half and the two parts match exactly. Take a look at a monarch butterfly. Notice how the wings are identical but opposite; they are an…

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Fall photography contest open for submissions

Summertime is always a beautiful time to take photos. Sunsets over the lake, birds flitting about, wildflowers blooming in bright colors — photography opportunities are endless. This season, the Dickinson County Nature Center is looking for more nature-related photos for its bi-annual photography contest, whether it be a picture of a pollinator, a bird, a…

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