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Introducing Pioneer Park Nature Preserve

May 12, 2017
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Blue flag iris, dickcissels, monarch butterflies — the Pioneer Park Nature Preserve will be a haven for flora, fauna and outdoorsmen in Dickinson County. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will tour its newest area, located just south of Milford along Highway 71, during its next Hike the Wild program Tuesday, May ...

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Kickstart Those Kayaks

May 5, 2017
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You’re out on the lake, and there’s no sounds of motors; all you hear is the lap of small waves, the chatter of nearby birds and the plunk of a turtle diving back down into the water. Sometimes it’s hard to think of such peace and solitude on the larger lakes ...

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From warblers to Roosevelt, Wings & Wetlands Weekend is packed full

April 28, 2017
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Scarlet tanager, photo by leppyone Two male scarlet tanagers, ablaze in fiery red feathers, flitted about in front of a group of birders during a Warbler Walk for Wings & Wetlands Weekend. “The gasps and oohs and aahs were just unbelievable,” said Ed Thelen, who helps lead the Warbler Walk for Dickinson ...

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Learn from birding pros with Birding on the Green

April 21, 2017
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The “oo-eek, oo-eek” of a female wood duck. The “wha-wha-wha” of a white-breasted nuthatch. The “tee-yee” courtship call of an American goldfinch. Listen hard and you may hear all of these and more during the Birding of the Green program 7 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Brooks National Golf Club in ...

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Learn about America’s great birder

April 14, 2017
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Photo of Brian Ellis as John James Audubon

John James Audubon actually had no role in the organization that bears his name — the Audubon Society. However, George Bird Grinnell was tutored by Audubon’s widow, Lucy Audubon, and when Grinnell worked to put together an organization protecting birds and their habitats, he decided that the Audubon name would be ...

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Welcome environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman

April 7, 2017
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“We were messy little critters.” Environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman’s memories of her childhood spent outdoors in Menomonie, WI, have shaped her into who she is today. “We had forts in trees; we would catch frogs in retention ponds,” Kuhlman said. “I had my red bucket full of worms.” She and her sister ...

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Color In Nature art exhibit opens in April

March 30, 2017
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A family boating get-together. A butterfly flitting through the prairie. A walk through wildflowers. Outdoor experiences such as these deeply influence Eagle Grove resident Diane O’Hern’s artwork, which will be evident in her multi-media exhibit featured April-June in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. O’Hern began ...

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Celebrate Earth Day by meeting John James Audubon

March 24, 2017
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Photo of Brian Ellis as John James Audubon

While Brian Ellis chatted on the phone, he watched the prairie he had planted outside his home. Grasses blew in the breeze, the soil radiated warmth from the sun and birds were nesting within view. He hopes that when people come to his one-man storytelling production about John James Audubon that they ...

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It’s time to think about spring planting

March 17, 2017
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Bring back the bees. Bring back the butterflies. With pollinator populations dropping drastically in recent years, the push to bring them back has spread. But how do we do that? One of the best ways is to plant native flowers and grasses in our landscaping, providing pollinator habitat and food sources. Native plantings ...

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If you’re passionate about water quality, check out this program

March 3, 2017
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Water quality is a murky issue. Clear it up by participating in the Master River Stewards Program April-May in the Iowa Great Lakes area. “It’s going to be an in-depth program with conservation professionals going over most aspects of water quality,” said Charles Vigdal of the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “Water quality ...

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