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…

Photo of an antique fishing lure called "Lazy Ike"

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…

Photo of a deer hoof print in the snow

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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Christmas means good times, and we’ve had a lot of good times this year

December 22, 2015

The best photos at Christmastime are always the ones that include children. Whether those kids have a huge smile while opening presents, a sparkle in their eyes while sitting on their grandparents’ laps or a mischievous grin while playing with their cousins or friends, those photos are always special. So…

Photo of a deer hoof print in the snow

Top 10 winter activities in our county parks

December 16, 2015

We live in Iowa because we like seasons. If we didn’t like seeing leaves bud in the spring and fall in autumn, if we didn’t like to see snowflakes dust the ground, if we didn’t like to a warm fire outside on a cool evening, we would all live in…

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Take a stroll through Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area

December 8, 2015

Crunch, slide, pant. Crunch, slide, pant. Crunch, crunch, pant. Those were about the only sounds interrupting the peaceful stillness at Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area just south of Milford Tuesday. The snow crunched beneath my feet as I walked, and about every other step partially slid down the first hill I…

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View trumpeter swans year-round in Kenue Park

December 2, 2015

Last year, when the wetland at Kenue Park froze over, our naturalists had the pleasure of wrangling our two rehabilitated and flightless trumpeter swans. Because we didn’t have an aerator, the swans were moved to Buena Vista County to winter in a wetland that had open water they could use…

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