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The Nature Store is open at the Dickinson County Nature Center

August 5, 2015

I don’t have much of a background in sales — OK, I don’t have any background in sales. So when we started the Nature Store at the Dickinson County Nature Center there was a lot of research done that helped us figure out what items to stock. We started off…

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Confused about the new federal pollinator initiative?

July 31, 2015

Check out this article from the LaCross Tribune! http://lacrossetribune.com/news/federal-pollinator-plan-needs-a-billion-milkweed-plants-for-monarch/article_55bb0303-c217-5d66-8472-1efff1be0c74.html Remember, we are still selling butterfly milkweed seedlings for $5 each at the Nature Store in the Dickinson County Nature Center. You can plant them until fall, so there’s plenty of time to make your landscaping pollinator friendly.

Protected Iowa species

July 22, 2015

Check out this article from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources about which some species in Iowa you might not know were protected. (Seven ugly Iowa mammals) 6 Animals You Might Not Know are Protected in Iowa Friday, July 17, 2015 by Iowa DNR An animal doesn’t need to be endangered…

Frass happens

July 20, 2015

We see the frass (excrement) in the bottom of the monarch caterpillar containers in the Butterfly Enclosure in Pollinator Paradise, but we never really see it in process. Here’s a video to liven up your day! Hopefully you get a kick out of it! (Read about the majestic monarch’s life…

Iowa Public Radio features Grandpa, Grandma & Me! camp

July 15, 2015

Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank featured two short stories about the Grandpa, Grandma & Me! camp July 30-31 at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Register online by July 16.

What do bees look like when they hatch?

July 10, 2015

Check out how honeybees differ from native bees by clicking here.

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What’s going on with the bees?

July 8, 2015

A federal survey found that beekeepers in the United States lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year. That is huge. And the Dickinson County Nature Center was not exempt. If you visited the nature center May-June, you might have noticed the sparse number of bees in the…

Will the mama bird take her baby back if you touch it?

June 30, 2015

We are planning on redoing our landscaping, and a volunteer bush on the corner of the house needs to come out. However, my husband Snapchatted a picture to me of a robin, and she decided to make her nest right in the bush. Needless to say, that bush will not…

Planting for pollinators — get involved!

May 18, 2015

The Dickinson County Conservation Board is committed to protecting monarch butterflies and other pollinators through the planting of milkweed and other native prairie species throughout the community. Students from the four Dickinson County school districts assisted in this mission during a planting project Tuesday, May 12, on six acres adjacent…

DCCB welcomes IRVM vegetation specialist Aric Ping

May 15, 2015

Aric Ping has joined the Dickinson County Conservation Board as the new Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management vegetation specialist. The IRVM program will establish native, tallgrass prairie stands in the county right-of-ways in order to reduce runoff, reduce erosion and provide wildlife habitat as well as visually-appealing aesthetic in the ditches.…

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Welcome

February 11, 2015

“providing a peaceful retreat for visitors where natural, scenic and historical resources come togetherto create a living classroom to explore, learn, and foster an appreciation for our natural world.”

Welcome

February 11, 2015

“providing a peaceful retreat for visitors where natural, scenic and historical resources come togetherto create a living classroom to explore, learn, and foster an appreciation for our natural world.”

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