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Celebrating the days getting longer

December 1, 2016
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Making yin yangs in the snow Burning a yule log, a yule log cake, yule log ornaments on our Christmas trees — but do we really even know where the yule log tradition came from? Naturalist Charles Vigdal will explain to all those who attend the Winter Solstice Hike 3 p.m. Thursday, ...

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December’s supermoon and the Geminids meteor shower

December 1, 2016
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The closest supermoon since 1948 showed up in November, but was it really that big of a deal? Supermoons actually aren’t all that rare. The term just means a full moon the closely coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, and to most people, a supermoon ...

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Turkey Trot goes through Kenue Park

November 10, 2016
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The sounds of Thanksgiving — the laughter of family members, the sizzle of delicious items on the stove, the gobble of turkeys. The gobble of turkeys? Maybe most families aren’t hearing this fall sound, their turkeys sitting a little more silently in the kitchen, but if you come to the Dickinson County ...

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Do you need to attend Birdwatchers Anonymous?

November 4, 2016
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Common loons in winter plumage, a beautiful western grebe, migrating surf scoters — October’s Birdwatchers Anonymous group documented several exciting species. Dickinson County Conservation’s birding offerings have expanded this year as local birder Lee Schoenewe volunteered to lead excursions beyond the normal summer Birding on the Green programs. He wanted people ...

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Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

October 28, 2016
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Only two years after the Dickinson County Conservation Board was established, it took on the care of a beautiful recreation area on the south side of Big Spirit Lake. The conservation board worked on an agreement with the State Conservation Commission for 25 years of management of Orleans Beach. The area ...

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A diamond in Dickinson County

October 13, 2016
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“I never knew this place existed!” Dickinson County naturalists Mary Petersen and Charles Vigdal hear this comment during almost every Hike the Wild program, which takes people to public areas throughout the county. They expect to hear this again as the next program takes people to Diamond Lake Tuesday, Oct. 25. “It ...

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Spot Orion in the sky and see some meteors this month

October 5, 2016
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Think of the constellation Orion, and we often think of the hunter’s belt, but come October, the constellation also means meteors. This year’s Orionids meteor shower peaks on the morning of Friday, Oct. 21, and naturalist Charles Vigdal will focus on the shower during his next Star Trekking program at 8:30 ...

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Barbara Tagami exhibits nature art, teaches classes

September 30, 2016
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Forager, naturalist, fisherwoman, environmental educator, eclectic nature artist. You can use a lot of words to describe Spirit Lake resident Barbara Tagami, but maybe one of the best words to use is passionate. She is passionate about the outdoors, and she will display some of that passion in her nature art ...

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Nature Tots program continues year-round

September 9, 2016
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The laughter spewed forth as we read the book “Everyone Poops” in preparation for the next Nature Tots 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The popular program for ages 2-5 continues year-round and has some unique themes coming up, including Everybody Poops Sept. 14, ...

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Best Festival of the Year! The Bee & Butterfly Festival is Friday, Sept. 2

August 26, 2016
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Mystery, comedy and audience participation — Sioux Falls, SD, magician Nathan Nassif promises to wow his audiences. Nassif will headline during the Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday, Sept. 2, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. His magic show will enthrall all ages, from children to adults, with close-up tricks using coins, ...

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