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We’re on “Okoboji This Week”!

May 22, 2014
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The Dickinson County Conservation Board and Nature Center are being featured on Mediacom’s “Okoboji This Week” this weekend. The show started running in northwest Iowa last night and will air 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 22-23, and 10:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, on channel 22 (MC22).

Public meeting June 11 for needs assessment

May 21, 2014
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The Dickinson County Conservation Board is seeking input from the public about county parks, wildlife areas and nature programs. As part of a Dickinson County Conservation planning process, residents are invited to share their thoughts and suggestions on current and potential county conservation facilities and programming at a public meeting 6 ...

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BEE at Tuesday Night Science

May 16, 2014
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Tuesday night is science night. Come to the Dickinson County Nature Center 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, for a program all about bees. Indoor and outdoor bee hives were installed at the nature center the first week in May and have drawn plenty of interest in the weeks since. Conservation board member ...

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Bee hives installed at nature center

May 9, 2014
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The Dickinson County Nature Center is buzzing with activity. Literally. A new indoor bee hive exhibit was displayed, along with an outdoor hive, at the Okoboji nature center in early May. About 10,000 Ohio-bred honey bees (apis mellifera carnica) have now made their home inside a glass-enclosed hive inside the nature center. ...

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Osprey camera affected by storm

May 8, 2014
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Due to the short rainstorm this afternoon, the osprey camera tipped over and was hanging by its support brace. Rather than putting the camera back up and disturbing the mother incubating her eggs for a long period of time, it was decided to take the osprey camera down until the chicks hatch. ...

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Donate to Spring Bird-A-Thon

April 28, 2014
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One bird, two bird, red bird, blue bird. Local birders Ed Thelen and Lee Schoenewe are hosting a Spring Bird-A-Thon and will see how many birds they can spot one day in May. The Spring Bird-A-Thon will raise money for a proposed avian courtyard to be constructed this spring on the ...

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Volunteer Appreciation Day May 5

April 28, 2014
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Wings and Wetlands May 10

April 23, 2014
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The Dickinson County Conservation Board will participate in the annual Wings and Wetlands Weekend with two special events Saturday, May 10. Join local birder Ed Thelen 8-10 a.m. for a walk through majestic Kettleson Hogsback State Park in Spirit Lake and search for warblers and other avian creatures. Meet at the ...

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Move over eagles, the Okoboji osprey are back

April 8, 2014
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The Okoboji osprey landed in their nest outside the Dickinson County Nature Center on Monday, April 7. The osprey usually return in April, although this year was slightly earlier than usual. This will be the fourth nesting for the banded male and wild female, who raised three successful babies last year. The ...

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Earth Day Celebration April 18

April 2, 2014
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The Dickinson County Conservation Board will host its annual Earth Day Celebration 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. All ages will enjoy the variety of events going on 4-6:30 p.m., including outdoor hikes, children’s activities and even a make-and-take spring craft. Jane Shuttleworth, education coordinator ...

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