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Brooks Golf management agreement signed for 2019

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Dickinson County Conservation has reached an agreement with Brooks Management LLC to run the former Brooks National Golf Club through 2019. The management agreement received its final approval at the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, April 2, and the Okoboji-based management company, owned by Rick Carlton, immediately takes over. Carlton said the course…

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Iowa’s state symbols

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Peering out the window of the Dickinson County Nature Center, I can see birds at the feeders in the avian courtyard. One of them is a brilliant yellow color with black wings, and it is right at home here. That’s because the American goldfinch is the state bird of Iowa. Did you know that Iowa…

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Printable spring scavenger hunt

It’s officially spring, and that means that I officially want to get outside. I can’t always get outside, because sometimes the computer ropes me in to work, but I am thankful that I have a job that I get outside more than most. If you’re looking for something to do with the kiddos when you…

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Dickinson Recycling Center summer hours begin April 1

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The weather is warming up, and people are beginning to spring clean both inside and outside. To help citizens, the Dickinson Recycling Center begins its extended summer hours April 1. It is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday April 1-October 31 at 2260 220th St. in…

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11 pollinators from around the world

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The pollinator world goes beyond just butterflies and bees, and it also goes beyond the borders of Iowa and the United States. Pollinators come in many shapes, sizes, colors and species, and they help plant communities around the world survive. (Eight forgotten pollinators) Let’s take a look at some interesting worldwide pollinators. North and South…

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Seasonal positions available

Naturalist Intern $10-$13 per hour, based on experience — 40 hours/week Qualifications Either be enrolled in or have a degree in parks & recreation, wildlife biology, ecology, natural resource management or a related field of study. Have an interest in educating youth and adults about our natural world. Relevant experience may be considered. Knowledge, Skills,…

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Make your own lava lamp

Sometimes we move away from nature-specific principles and teach more general science principles during Dickinson County Nature Center programs. We use science experiments in many of our programs to teach about natural reactions and to help kids learn to hypothesize and test out their theories. (Learn about permeable skin through an experiment in this video)…

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Five Iowa predators

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As Iowa was settled, its landscape and demographics changed, and that meant that its wildlife changed as well. Many species, such as deer, turkeys, trumpeter swans and bobcats were extirpated or close to extirpation. However, increasingly positive conservation attitudes has helped to bring back many species. Here are some of the predators that reign in…

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Pollinator Paradise exhibits are being fabricated

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The human-sized honeycomb climber inside the Dickinson County Nature Center has been a hit since it was installed in Pollinator Paradise. “The honeycomb climber helped us increase our visitor numbers to more than 15,200 in 2018, and we’re excited for the many other children’s museum-quality exhibits that will be installed in our new addition in…

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Eight forgotten pollinators

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Slugs to flies, moths to beetles — pollinators come in many shapes and sizes beyond butterflies and bees. These pollinators help one-third of human food sources to grow, but some have become so common that they are seen more like pests instead of beneficial insects, and some have even been eradicated to the point of…

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