Turkey Trot goes through Kenue Park

Photo of a sign that says turkey and pine cone turkeys

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 Nature Center’s Turkey…

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Do you need to attend Birdwatchers Anonymous?

Photo of a yellow-headed blackbird

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 to see the variety…

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Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

Photo of shelter house by the lake

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 east of the spillway…

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REAP grant awarded to Dickinson County Conservation for new property

Photo of a river overlook

The Dickinson County Conservation Board has been awarded a grant of $71,500 from Resource Enhancement and Protection, commonly referred to as REAP. REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Twenty percent of REAP is set aside for grants to county conservation for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage…

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A diamond in Dickinson County

Photo of a yellow-flowered prairie area

“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 is a beautiful…

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Spot Orion in the sky and see some meteors this month

Photo of a starry night

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 p.m. that evening at…

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Barbara Tagami exhibits nature art, teaches classes


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 exhibit October-December at the…

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Superior Marsh — Head off the beaten track

Photo of trees and a blue sky at Superior Marsh

It was May 20, 1996, when the Dickinson County Conservation Board decided to purchase a 40-acre piece of property quite a distance from its headquarters. What is now known as Superior Marsh is located 1.5 miles northeast of Superior and 1.5 miles east of Swan Lake and originally included 31 acres that was part of…

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