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Photo of the osprey nest exhibit

Plan an indoor scavenger hunt

kiley : June 22, 2017 9:24 am : Blog, mobile
We’re now a month into summer vacation, and every morning is similar. The kids wake up way too early. You feed them breakfast. You have play time, and you look at the clock. It’s 9:30 a.m. Plus, if you’re in northwest Iowa this morning, it’s pouring rain. What’s a mom to do in ...
Photo of interior of country school

The legacy of Wilder, Spohn and Holroyd

kiley : June 14, 2017 9:07 am : Blog, mobile
C. H. Wilder. Clara Holroyd. Eva Spohn. Each day, they woke up, ate a hearty breakfast and walked to the little white schoolhouse in the center of Westport Township in the southwest corner of Dickinson County. With the light of day still young, they started a fire in the potbelly stove to ...
Photo of osprey in a nest

Osprey Diary: Transition time

kiley : June 7, 2017 11:55 am : Blog, mobile
I was sitting on the nest like any other day when I felt it. Tap, tap, tap. A soft rhythm was coming from inside one of my brown speckled eggs. Tap, tap, tap. It was time. I had done my job and the babies were ready to break out of their shells and meet ...
Photo of the Little Sioux River

Take a walk through Jahn Wildlife Area

kiley : May 31, 2017 3:11 pm : Blog, mobile
I laced up my new gray and teal hiking boots, hoping to start breaking them in on my first trek to the Jahn Wildlife Area just south of Lake Park. Although the Dickinson County Conservation Board maintains the area in an agreement with the engineer’s office, I have only been to ...

Mason bees might be better pollinators than honeybees!

kiley : May 24, 2017 3:16 pm : Blog, mobile
If you didn’t have bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all. Someone posted this about our osprey nest camera blowing down again this year. We feel kind of the same way. This poor camera has been blown down, hasn’t had enough sun, and when the camera did work last ...
Photo of bee larva in a hive

See the larva inside the indoor bee hive

kiley : May 17, 2017 8:58 am : Blog, mobile
Graphic from   When looking at the indoor honeybee hive at the Dickinson County Nature Center, take a step back and look from different angles. The honeycomb is shiny with lots of nectar that the forager bees have begun to bring in this spring, most likely from the plethora of dandelions that ...
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