Osprey camera affected by storm

May 8, 2014

Due to the short rainstorm this afternoon, the osprey camera tipped over and was hanging by its support brace. Rather than putting the camera back up and disturbing the mother incubating her eggs for a long period of time, it was decided to take the osprey camera down until the chicks…

Donate to Spring Bird-A-Thon

April 28, 2014

One bird, two bird, red bird, blue bird. Local birders Ed Thelen and Lee Schoenewe are hosting a Spring Bird-A-Thon and will see how many birds they can spot one day in May. The Spring Bird-A-Thon will raise money for a proposed avian courtyard to be constructed this spring on…

Volunteer Appreciation Day May 5

April 28, 2014

Wings and Wetlands May 10

April 23, 2014

The Dickinson County Conservation Board will participate in the annual Wings and Wetlands Weekend with two special events Saturday, May 10. Join local birder Ed Thelen 8-10 a.m. for a walk through majestic Kettleson Hogsback State Park in Spirit Lake and search for warblers and other avian creatures. Meet at…

Prescribed Burn Underway

April 22, 2014

Fire is an extremely important aspect in the health and diversity of a prairie. Prior to the arrival of Europeans on the American continent prairie fires occurred naturally due to lightning strikes, today though we use prescribed, controlled burns to safely maintain our native prairies. Fire rejuvenates a prairie in…

Move over eagles, the Okoboji osprey are back

April 8, 2014

The Okoboji osprey landed in their nest outside the Dickinson County Nature Center on Monday, April 7. The osprey usually return in April, although this year was slightly earlier than usual. This will be the fourth nesting for the banded male and wild female, who raised three successful babies last…

Earth Day Celebration April 18

April 2, 2014

The Dickinson County Conservation Board will host its annual Earth Day Celebration 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. All ages will enjoy the variety of events going on 4-6:30 p.m., including outdoor hikes, children’s activities and even a make-and-take spring craft. Jane Shuttleworth,…

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Seasonal Naturalist Internship Position for Dickinson County Conservation Board NOW OPEN!

March 25, 2014

Naturalist Internship Position for Dickinson County Conservation Board Salary – $10/hour, 40 hour per week   Description Seeking seasonal summer naturalist intern under direct the supervision of the naturalist and general supervision of the director.   The naturalist intern will assist the naturalists in the development and presentation of interpretive programs…

New exhibits up and coming

March 10, 2014

From a bunch of sticks and grass. . . to a 5-by-5 foot osprey nest! This is just one of the many exhibits being created inside the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. If you haven’t been here for a while, make sure to stop by and see all the…

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Closed Thursday 3-13-14

March 10, 2014

The Dickinson County Nature Center will be closed Thursday, March 13. The conservation board is hosting the Iowa Association of Naturalists conference March 12-14 and will have in-house seminars and programs Thursday, so it will be closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you will come…

Community relations coordinator begins work

March 4, 2014

The Dickinson County Conservation Board welcomes community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. Roth will act as volunteer coordinator, office manager and will assist in environmental education. “I’m joining the conservation board at an exciting time as exhibits, programming and offerings are expanding at the nature center,” Roth said. “I am looking…

New Displays are on the Way!

February 25, 2014

Exciting changes are underway at the Nature Center! Our naturalists have been hard at work designing and producing an entirely new and exciting array of interior displays to inspire and educate our visitors as we wait for spring to arrive. On Monday these designs began the transition into reality as…

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