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Pollinator Paradise exhibits are being fabricated

March 22, 2019

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…

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Eight forgotten pollinators

March 20, 2019

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…

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Build a mud volcano

March 18, 2019

If it’s springtime and muddy, like it is in Iowa right now, it’s the perfect time to get outside! Just wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and put your imagination to work with all of the fun mud around. If you need a little inspiration, try making a…

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Four types of wetlands

March 18, 2019

Bog, marsh, swamp, fen. Often these words are used interchangeably, but in reality, each is its own type of wetland, which is a word used to refer to water-saturated landscapes. (Watch: What is a wetland?) A marsh is a wetland that is continually full of water. If you have been…

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Learn about the inner-workings on a honeybee hive

March 15, 2019

“Bees are fascinating creatures,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “When people visit our beehive, I think they’re blown away that they can create what they create.” Honeybees are complex creatures, and Hansen will talk about the inner-workings of a honeybee hive during the final program in the Pollinator Spring Lecture Series…

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Robin migration: When it starts and why you might see robins during the winter

March 13, 2019

Each year, since I was a little kid, my mom and I take guesses about when we will see the first robins of the year. Now that I live in northwest Iowa and she lives in eastern Iowa, she usually sees them first, so I usually guess earlier than I…

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Spring and winter coloring page

March 11, 2019

When you sit down to color a picture, it’s usually pretty obvious what you’re coloring. What’s fun about folding pictures is that you have to finish it before you can see exactly what you’ve done. As we transition from winter into spring, we thought it would be timely to create…

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What is spring?

March 11, 2019

The sunshine is more powerful and begins to melt the snowy walk, although the slush freezes again at night. The days lengthen, but Daylights Savings Time makes the more morning come later. Birds start their journeys north, but have to stop and wait for a few more days before they…

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Adult kayaking classes registration opens

March 8, 2019

If you can’t wait to get your kayak out of storage and onto soft water, you’re not alone. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is already planning for summer and is looking forward to helping kayakers improve their skills on the water. Register online now for beginners and advanced kayaking courses,…

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Anonymous donation leads to acquisition of Brooks National Golf Club

March 8, 2019

An anonymous donation has led to the acquisition of the former Brooks National Golf Club by the Dickinson County Conservation Board. A donation of $3 million was given to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County — the non-profit fundraising arm for the Dickinson County Conservation Board — to purchase the…

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Waterfowl spring migration usually begins at the beginning of March

March 6, 2019

You might start seeing migrating birds even when it seems winter still has its grip on the world. Different species of birds decide to migrate based on different factors, such as day length, temperature, food availability and genetics predisposition. For waterfowl, it begins with daylight. Over the winter, waterfowl eat…

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Mink, ermine or weasel? We can help you tell the difference

March 4, 2019

Although creatures in the weasel family are often just called weasels, they are actually split up into a variety of species. You might be seeing an ermine, otherwise known as a stoat or short-tailed weasel, (Mustela erminea), the least weasel (Mustela nivalis) or a mink (Mustela vison). If you see…

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