Photo of a northern leopard frog

Visit Leo and Al at the nature center

October 20, 2016

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Create an origami butterfly!

October 18, 2016

I thought I would try my hand at a paper butterfly today and give you some directions to try it out yourself! Step 1: Create a waterbomb base. Fold your square of paper in half, then in half the other direction. Unfold the paper and fold it into a large…

Photo of trees and a blue sky at Superior Marsh

Superior Marsh — Get off the beaten track

September 15, 2016
Photo of a red-eared slider turtle

Ada & Darling: Red-Eared Sliders

August 23, 2016

See more about the Dickinson County Nature Center’s other turtle ambassadors: Teddy the turtle looks for a friend Five facts you probably didn’t know about painted turtles 7 things Teddy the turtle wants you to know

Westport Park: An Iowa Great Lakes gem

August 19, 2016

In June 1981, Dickinson County Conservation Board entered into a maintenance agreement to refresh an exhausted county gravel pit into a county park. It started as only six acres, so small it looks like only a dot on a map of the Iowa Great Lakes area. The original document included…

Teddy the box turtle teaches us lessons

July 25, 2016

Read more blogs about Teddy the turtle: Seven things Teddy the turtle wants you to know about him Watch: What does Teddy the turtle eat? Teddy the turtle looks for a friend

Photo of a wild parsnip flower

Wild parsnip — not as new as you might think

July 8, 2016

This week’s blog comes courtesy of naturalist Charles Vigdal, who addresses a topic that has made headlines throughout the state recently — wild parsnip. I have heard a lot of new talk about a plant that I have learned to watch out for in the ditches and wild areas since…

Photo of three osprey chicks in their nest

Osprey Diaries: A Sad Day

June 15, 2016

For this blog, I’m going to step out of character as the osprey mama and talk as myself. Yesterday, sirens started to sound in the Okoboji area and visitors to the Dickinson County Nature Center congregated in the lower level to wait out tornado, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings.…

Photo of three osprey chicks in their nest

Osprey Diaries: Survival of the Fittest

June 8, 2016

  My babies are starting to grow up nice and strong. And that’s what an osprey needs to be — strong. We must have strong eyes to see fish in the water from 100 feet in the air. We must have strong wings to let us take off from the…

Photo of three newly hatched osprey chicks

Osprey Diary: Hatching and eating

June 1, 2016

It started to happen Friday, May 27. I was sitting on my three eggs, like I had been for what seemed like forever, and then I felt some movement. I got up from my comfortable spot and rolled the eggs around with my beak, making sure that they were getting…

Photo of an osprey holding a stick

Osprey Diaries: Content but busy

May 4, 2016

I overhear a lot of humans talking as I sit in my nest and they pass by underneath, so slowly walking on their two legs. I had been sitting on my three eggs all afternoon when I heard someone mention me from below. They had stopped a little ways away…

Photo of an osprey looking up

Osprey Diaries: Three and counting

April 26, 2016

My one precious little egg had been doing just fine, nestled in the soft fibers in our nest. The sod clumps brought home by my partner have built up into a nice little cup edged by plenty of large tree limbs that brace the nest and protect it from wind.…

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