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Adopt-a-Roadside program begins

March 27, 2020

Enjoy time outside and give back to the community with a new Adopt-a-Roadside program beginning through Dickinson County Conservation. “I basically saw litter being an issue in the roadsides during work the last few years, and I think this is a good way to get groups of people involved in…

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What is an oxbow?

March 25, 2020

If you look at an aerial of Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area in Milford, you’ll see an area on the west that is a small body of water that juts off from the main meander of the Little Sioux River. This area is called an oxbow. Basically, this was once a…

COVID-19 Quarantine Boredom Busters: Horseshoe Bend edition

March 24, 2020

Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area has a myriad of offerings for those looking to recreate outdoors, but we wanted to share five of our favorite, including some ideas that are out of the ordinary. 1.Challenge someone to a race. The tubing hill at Horseshoe Bend is fun in the winter, but…

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Toilet paper tube birds

March 24, 2020

Who doesn’t have empty toilet paper tubes? We all do. And if you don’t right now, you definitely will have some soon. Let’s use them for a fun purpose and turn them into adorable birds, and you can make whatever kind of bird you want. I chose a robin —…

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Types of bird nests

March 23, 2020

People live in different types of houses — some made from lumber, some from concrete, some very large and some very small. Birds also build different kinds of nests. Since there are about 18,000 species of birds in the world, so there are many, many different types of nests. Here…

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Wildlife of Iowa through the alphabet

March 16, 2020

American wigeon (Anas americana) This dabbling duck migrates through Iowa. It is known for its whistle-like call and its short, stumpy bill that allows it to pluck vegetation to eat with ease. Blue-winged teal (Anas discors) Blue-winged teal are the second most abundant duck in America, behind the mallard. Common…

Top 10 activities to do outside when social distancing

March 16, 2020

Tired of being stuck in the house but want to make sure you’re following COVID-19 guidelines and not gathering with others? Then head out to a wild area and try out these awesome activities. They will work your body and brain, and hopefully being outside will help boost your immune…

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Spring photography contest accepting entries

March 13, 2020

Pheasants rising from a white blanket of snow. Bison resting in lush, green grass. Sunlight illuminating grass seedheads as they bob in the wind. Although these three photos won the fall photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center, they were just a few of dozens of beautiful photos submitted.…

CFDC receives $9,000 grant for Pollinator Paradise

March 12, 2020

The Dickinson County Endowment Fund awarded the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County a grant for $9,000 in September 2019. The grant was utilized to purchase the Build a Pollinator exhibit in the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We’re so thankful for the grants…

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How lake ice melts

March 12, 2020

It seems pretty obvious how ice melts, right? It gets warm, so ice changes to its liquid form — water. However, the way that the lakes, including the Iowa Great Lakes, melt may be different than what you would think. Usually in March — the average date for ice out…

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Early spring butterflies

March 10, 2020

Almost 70 species of butterflies have been seen in Dickinson County, Iowa, and the time of year can be told from which ones are most active. In fact, you can tell when spring is making its appearance by which butterflies are hatching after overwintering in the chrysalis state or from…

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DCCB wins award for Outstanding Website

March 5, 2020

  Dickinson County Conservation Board won an award for outstanding website during the Iowa Tourism Conference Tuesday, March 3. “It is an honor to have our website selected as the winner for rural areas in the state, because we put a lot of effort into the design, content and functionality…

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