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Asteroid, meteor, comet — what do these mean?

April 8, 2020

Did you know that April is Global Astronomy Month? When you look into the night sky, you can only see a small taste of what is actually out there. Stars, black holes, galaxies, comets, asteroids, meteors. However, sometimes that world of astronomy can get confusing quick. So we decided it…

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Five activities to do at Westport Park

April 8, 2020

Westport Park, located in the southwest corner of Dickinson County, is a little hidden gem for those looking to spend some time outdoors. Let’s take a look at five activities you can do at one of the county’s pristine parks: Fish Westport Park was once home to a state record…

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Snake pendulum

April 6, 2020

It just takes a couple of supplies you have around the house to create a new decoration for your room — a snake pendulum! You’ll need: A paper plate Crayons Scissors String Color both sides of your paper plate. Cut around and around from the edge of the paper plate…

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Garter snakes of Iowa

April 6, 2020

Iowa has 28 different species of snakes, including four venomous species. (Read about the venomous snakes of Iowa here.) Most people are familiar with the garter snake, a common type of non-venomous snake, which are harmless to humans. Let’s take a look at the two kinds of garter snakes that…

Dickinson Recycling Center accepting only green waste amid COVID-19 restrictions

April 3, 2020

The Dickinson Recycling Center in Milford will only take green waste until further notice. For the safety of the community and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dickinson Recycling Center will be restricting person-to-person contact by accepting only green waste, such as grass, leaves and brush, as of Monday, April…

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How a geode is formed

April 1, 2020

A geode has many definitions, comes in many shapes and sizes and has an interior that can look many different ways. This interesting natural phenomenon is Iowa’s state rock. Geodes begin when a cavity is formed inside of a rock, which can happen in different ways. First, geodes can form…

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Types of rocks

March 30, 2020

Rocks are continuously changing. Temperature, weathering through rain or wind,  pressure — rocks move through a cycle back and forth, back and forth. Let’s take a look at the different types of forms rocks can be found in: Igneous Igneous rocks are formed through the cooling and solidification of magma,…

5 rock books for kids

March 30, 2020

Rocks can be the perfect way to get little ones interested in the outdoors. They’re easy to find. They can be touched, picked up and collected. There is a wide variety, from sparkly to chalk-like, smooth to holey. Read a good book about rocks and then head outside to see…

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Adopt-a-Roadside program begins

March 27, 2020

Enjoy time outside and give back to the community with a new Adopt-a-Roadside program beginning through Dickinson County Conservation. “I basically saw litter being an issue in the roadsides during work the last few years, and I think this is a good way to get groups of people involved in…

Map of Horseshoe Bend with its oxbow

What is an oxbow?

March 25, 2020

If you look at an aerial of Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area in Milford, you’ll see an area on the west that is a small body of water that juts off from the main meander of the Little Sioux River. This area is called an oxbow. Basically, this was once a…

Boredom Busters: Horseshoe Bend edition

March 24, 2020

Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area has a myriad of offerings for those looking to recreate outdoors, but we wanted to share five of our favorite, including some ideas that are out of the ordinary. 1.Challenge someone to a race. The tubing hill at Horseshoe Bend is fun in the winter, but…

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Toilet paper tube birds

March 24, 2020

Who doesn’t have empty toilet paper tubes? We all do. And if you don’t right now, you definitely will have some soon. Let’s use them for a fun purpose and turn them into adorable birds, and you can make whatever kind of bird you want. I chose a robin —…

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