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Butterflies and beyond: Planting for pollinators

When we think about pollinators, we typically think of the 1,200 species of butterflies in Iowa, the 2,500 species of moths or the 200 species of bees. However, we then overlook important pollinators such as hummingbirds, ants, flower beetles, hover flies, midges and even mosquitoes. During the next Pollinator Education Series program 5:30 p.m. Thursday,…

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Camp registration is filling fast

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Get ready to dig into adventure at the Dickinson County Nature Center this summer. Online registration is now open for youth summer camps at the nature center in Okoboji, and there is plenty of fun in store for kids who participate. “We like to provide summer camps because we think it teaches kids different ways…

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St. Patty’s PJ Party features all things green

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St. Patrick’s Day is all about the green. Although environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman might have a different spin on it than most during the St. Patty’s Pajama Party 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. Wear your favorite pajamas — Kuhlman said she is still searching for some…

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Spring photography contest opens

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The moon slowly moved across the daytime sky, blocking out more and more of the sun until it finally covered it completely, just for a moment before the sun started to peek through again. That was the moment, with fuzzy cloud coverage, Alex Miles clicked the camera shutter, stilling in time this majestic solar eclipse…

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Learn about the butterflies and moths found in Dickinson County

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Five families of butterflies call Dickinson County home, including 70 different species. But how much do you know about them? Naturalist Ashley Hansen will teach people about the native butterflies and moths of the Iowa Great Lakes area during the first program in the new Pollinator Education series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the…

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Share your nature collection with nature center visitors

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Insects from around the world, antique steel traps, items found on the bottom of West Lake Okoboji — local residents have been able to show off some of their amazing nature-related collections at the Dickinson County Nature Center. (Read about a high schooler’s insect collection.) For the past four years, the Henry & Norma Meyer…

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Get free stuff at the Dickinson Recycling Center Swap Shop

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It’s all free, folks. Latex and acrylic paint, drain cleaner, weed control products, insect repellent — the Dickinson Recycling Center swap shop has a variety of household products that county residents can have for free. People may bring in household hazardous chemicals to the Milford collection center and dispose of them for no charge, from…

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Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

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If you love watching the birds flit to and fro from your outdoor feeders, then you can make an impact as a citizen scientist. The Dickinson County Conservation Board and local birder Lee Schoenewe are working together to gather volunteers to participate in the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count Saturday, Dec. 16. (Learn more…

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