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Anonymous donation leads to acquisition of Brooks National Golf Club

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An anonymous donation has led to the acquisition of the former Brooks National Golf Club by the Dickinson County Conservation Board. A donation of $3 million was given to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County — the non-profit fundraising arm for the Dickinson County Conservation Board — to purchase the Brooks National Golf Club when…

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Spring photography contest opens

Photo of a sphinx moth

A giraffe, a caterpillar and a moth might not seem to have much in common, but they were all featured in the winning photographs in the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Paul Rozeboom’s white-lined sphinx moth in action was the overall adult and People’s Choice winner. Trevor Rosburg’s gorgeous giraffe photo…

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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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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season

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At Pillsbury Point, people enjoy the beautiful view of West Lake Okoboji, the sun glistening off the water, the cool breeze. However, the scene was anything but peaceful at that same location 161 years ago when the Spirit Lake Massacre occurred in March 1857. Misunderstandings between settlers and American Indians sparked an atrocity that is…

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Free mulch and compost at the Dickinson Recycling Center

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When people bring tree stumps, branches, leaves and grass clippings into the Dickinson Recycling Center, that green waste is seen as just that — waste. However, staff at the recycling center in Milford see that green waste for what it can be — beautiful mulch and healthy compost. All brush brought to the recycling center…

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Warbler Walk visits Marble Lake in May

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Bright yellow, striped black and white, patches of blue — the vibrant colors and designs of warblers excite birders who get the treat of seeing them migrate through Iowa. If you would like to check some birds off of your life birding list, join Dickinson County Conservation as it celebrates Wings and Wetlands Weekend with…

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Honeybees are not native bees, surprised?

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“I think a lot of people will be surprised to hear honeybees are not native to North or South America; we brought them here for honey production and to pollinate some of our plant species.” (Six ways honeybees differ from native bees) Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board, will talk…

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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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