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Help fund family fun at Pollinator Paradise

November 17, 2017
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Photo of stonework completed on construction project

We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center. And we want to share that love with you. That’s why the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County is continuing to raise funds to complete the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the nature center in Okoboji. (See construction updates here.) Construction began on the $1.7 million ...

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Seven differences between osprey and bald eagles

November 15, 2017
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When people see the large nest inside the Dickinson County Nature Center and the big raptors on the outdoor nest during the summer, they often think they are bald eagles. Many people don’t realize that after being extirpated in Iowa, osprey populations have started to make a comeback in the 2000s. ...

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Be a bee! Learn how to make your own antenna

November 13, 2017
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Photo of headbands with pipe cleaner antenna

After Halloween, has your child been begging you to let him or her wear his or her costume again? Do they want to dress up every day? Here’s a fun craft to make that might curb their dressing up craving — bee antenna. You’ll need: A headband Four pipe cleaners Two beads Start by taking…

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Feeding the nature center snakes

November 13, 2017
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Photo of a snake sticking out its tongue

The naturalists make sure to wash their hands after handling the mice before picking up the snakes. They don’t want the snakes to associate people with food or being let out of their enclosures with food either so that they don’t expect to be fed every time the enclosure door ...

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Moth or butterfly? Can you tell the difference?

November 8, 2017
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Graphic of butterfly and moth

Is it a moth or a butterfly? It sounds like a simple question, and there are a few simple ways to answer it: If it flies during the day, it’s a butterfly; if it flies at night, it’s a moth. However, there are diurnal moths — those that fly during the day, ...

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Under the Sea handprint fish craft

November 6, 2017
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Photo of a fish handprint

It’s getting cold outside, and when it’s cold outside what do we dream of? Warmth! OK, some may have said snow, but I think many dream of having warm summer days back. And when I think of summer, I usually think of the water or the beach, so I decided to make a ...

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Feeding the Kenue Park trumpeter swans

November 6, 2017
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Photo of two trumpeter swans in the snow

Check out the trumpeter swans on the wetland year-round with our live web camera. Click here. You can also find more videos on our Videos page or watch what Teddy the turtle eats here.

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Taste test acorn cookies during Thanksgiving hike

November 3, 2017
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Photo of a hike through tall grass

Acorns, acorns everywhere. Kenue Park is full of acorns that have fallen from the bur oaks in the oak savanna, and squirrels get so happy to store them up for a good snack in the winter. (Read about a fun acorn craft here.) However, acorns are not only good for the squirrels. People ...

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Perfect Halloween nature craft: Spooky leaves!

November 1, 2017
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Photo of a leaf jack-o-lantern

Seasonal crafts that you can make with supplies you find outside are some of the best crafts. And what is there in abundance at this time of year? Leaves! So, for this craft, your first goal is to head outside with the kiddos and pick up three to five of your favorite leaves. ...

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Grackles, blackbirds and starlings don’t like safflower

November 1, 2017
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Photo of a nuthatch at a nut feeder

Dark-eyed junco Dark-eyed juncos have made their way to northwest Iowa to overwinter. Black-capped chickadees are flocking to feeders. White-breasted nuthatches are looking for nuts to get fat and ready for the cold. Food is a constant necessity for birds to survive through Iowa winters. Their feathers are wonderful insulators, but the ...

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