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Pollinator populations are dwindling worldwide

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The pollinator world goes far beyond bees and butterflies to include mammals, birds and even reptiles. Learn about a variety of worldwide pollinators during the next program in the Pollinator Spring Lecture Series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We’re going to take a trip around the world…

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Fun characters coming to Family Nature Nights in February and March

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A crazy cast of characters will visit the Dickinson County Nature Center for Family Nature Nights in February and March. Flik, Hopper, Atta, Dot and their friends will be on hand 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, as “A Bug’s Life” is shown inside Pollinator Paradise. “It’s a good place to sprawl out and enjoy a…

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No School Day camps premiere in 2019

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On a day with no school, get the kids off the couch and send them to the Dickinson County Nature Center for our all new No School Day Camp. Camps will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 1 — a day off for Okoboji Elementary School — and March 18 — a day off for…

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Recycling center begins winter hours

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The Dickinson Recycling Center continues operation throughout the winter season, with altered hours. (Learn more about the recycling center here.) The Dickinson Recycling Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Nov. 1-March 31 at 2260 220th St. in Milford. “We have the same services, just different hours,” said manager Charles Vigdal. The…

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Five differences between coyotes and wolves

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I still remember the first time I heard a coyote pack howl as dusk began to settle on the Iowa Great Lakes area. On a walk at Kettleson Hogsback, the sun started to set above the calm shallow lakes, and a high-pitched howl began in the distance. Another answered it. And another. And another. My…

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Dispose of household hazardous materials at the recycling center

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Cleaners, pesticides, oil-based paints — how do you dispose of these items when you’re done with them? The Dickinson Recycling Center in Milford accepts household hazardous materials such as these and disposes of them responsibly. HHMs, or household hazardous materials, are chemicals that are reactive, flammable, corrosive or poisonous. “Basically, it’s something you’re not supposed…

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Pollinator Paradise exhibit concepts released

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The human-sized honeycomb crawler has been a hit inside Pollinator Paradise at the Dickinson County Nature Center. But this new interactive exhibit is only the beginning in the brand new addition to the Okoboji center. As fundraising continues, plans are moving forward for more children’s museum-quality exhibits that kids of all ages are sure to…

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Okoboji-themed paintings displayed by young artist

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Hannah Haberecht is a well-rounded 21 year old. From participating in insect identification competitions with Science Olympiad to majoring in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, to painting in her spare time — Haberecht’s interests seem to span the gamut. (Learn about the butterflies found in Dickinson County.) She is sharing…

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Explore the Night with your family during new program series

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Raccoons come out of a sleepy daze. Coyotes begin to search for food. Owls begin calling, “Whooo. Whooo.” Explore the Night in Kenue Park during the first Nature at Night program with the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “We’re going to encourage the use of no flashlights and use our night vision,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental…

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Youth programming is FREE this summer!

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Standing amidst the prairie, pre-teens held up their abstract art. Giant smiles graced their faces as they showed off the creations they made using squirt guns to shoot paint onto hanging canvases during a Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “You don’t have to camp or fish to enjoy the…

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