Photo of a conservation board employee working on a prescribed burn in a prairie

Prescribed burning in county rights-of-way

March 23, 2016

Dickinson County Conservation Board’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program will be conducting prescribed burns in county road rights-of-way during the next few months. Prescribed burns are an effective resource management tool utilized to discourage the growth of weeds and woody vegetation while promoting the growth of desired native vegetation in…

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IWILL — Will You?

March 23, 2016

Yesterday (Tuesday, March 22) was Environmental Lobby Day at the Iowa Capitol. Dickinson County Conservation Board executive director Lee Sorenson, naturalist Mary Petersen and I (Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator) traveled to Des Moines to attend the event to show our support the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund…

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Kenue Park celebrates 28th birthday this year

March 11, 2016

“The Dickinson County Conservation Board has done it again. “They have taken a major recreation step in the Iowa Great Lakes, not unlike the creation a number of years ago of a winter recreation park called Horseshoe Bend, southwest of Milford. “This time, they have all the bases covered, with…

Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

Swans standing like flamingoes

March 9, 2016

I turned on the live web camera at the nature center last week and zoomed in on the two rehabilitated trumpeter swans on the wetland. The weather was warm, and it appeared the waterfowl were having a ball in the springtime temperatures. They dipped their necks down into the water…

Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

Watch the swans on our live web camera

March 9, 2016

As waterfowl migrate through the area, many are finding the wetland in Kenue Park an enticing place to stop. You can watch the ducks, geese and swans as they go about their daily routines thanks to the Dickinson County Nature Center’s live web camera. A new, high-resolution camera was installed…

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Welcome to the bat cave

March 3, 2016

It all started as the Dickinson County Conservation Board staff members met about what displays needed finished up in the spring of 2015. That’s when our director said he had a dream to have a bridge in the nature center that people could cross. It seemed simple, but put a…

Wild game jambalaya

February 17, 2016

This is one of my favorite wild game recipes, because I throw pretty much whatever protein I have in the freezer in this dish. My favorite combination so far has been with wood duck, venison and sausage. I’m also thinking of trying it with fish! Jambalaya (adapted from Miss Kay’s…

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Calling all collectors!

February 12, 2016

Cardboard boxes. Steamer trunks. Plastic totes. Attics, basements, garages and closets are full of bins in which we collect items. Whether its stamps, crystal stemware or sea shells, most of us have a variety of collections that are hoarded somewhere in our homes or storage units. These are collections that…

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Horseshoe Bend turns 45 this year

February 3, 2016

It has been 47 years since the Dickinson County Conservation Board began, and the organization quickly got to work. By 1971, conservation board leaders had entered an agreement to purchase a piece of property along 240th Street just south of the city of Milford. The area, dubbed Horseshoe Bend, was…

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Three ideas for using that venison in the freezer

January 28, 2016

At this point in the year, those with a freezer full of venison are often out of ideas of what to make with it. I use venison just like beef and substitute ground venison for many of my regular recipes — venison meatloaf, venison tacos, venison meatballs. (Four recipes that…

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January is National Radon Action Month

January 25, 2016

  Locks can’t protect you. Doors won’t keep it out. A killer may be sneaking into your home without you even knowing it. It’s radon. And it silently kills about 21,000 Americans every year. January is National Radon Action Month, and the Dickinson County Conservation Board encourages you to protect…

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Oak savanna restoration project underway at Horseshoe Bend

January 6, 2016

Dickinson County Conservation Board vegetation specialist Aric Ping takes readers this week through a fantastic oak savanna restoration process started this summer at Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area. “If you’ve ever gone through our parks and wondered, “Why did they cut down that tree?” or, “Why did they burn this area?”…

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