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Osprey Diaries: Coming Home

April 19, 2016
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It was starting to warm up, and I knew that it was time to start heading north. My man and I had made a pact to meet up at this perfect little nest. So I started flying. And I flew. And I flew. And I flew. And I rested. And I flew. And ...

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Dickinson Recycling Center helps with your spring cleaning needs

April 15, 2016
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We all have it — that terrifying place in the basement or garage that is full of items we don’t know what to do with. Bulky TVs, a broken washing machine, scrapped tires, half-empty cans of paint, aerosol cans, used motor oil. The Dickinson Recycling Center can dispose of all the ...

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Earth Day Celebration this FRIDAY

April 11, 2016
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Alfred Wallace died on Nov. 7, 1913, but that won’t stop him from gracing us with his presence during the Earth Day Celebration 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Naturalist Charles Vigdal will portray the “father of biogeography,” who spent his life collecting specimens from around ...

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Judd Wildlife Area is a prairie paradise

April 1, 2016
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Bobolinks nesting in the prairie, Blanding’s turtles resting by the stream, bald eagles flying overhead — a walk through the Judd Wildlife Area allows some of nature’s finest to show off. Twenty years ago, the Dickinson County Conservation Board looked to add a public recreation area south of Milford, and a ...

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Volunteer Appreciation Day April 4

March 31, 2016
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Steel trap collection now on display

March 30, 2016
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Spirit Lake resident Durand Cook has more than 6,000 antique steel traps in his collection. He starting trapping small animals such as muskrat and fox while growing up in the Iowa Great Lakes area, and profits from the endeavor paid his way through South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, where ...

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Welcome naturalist Mary Petersen to Dickinson County Conservation

March 25, 2016
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Mary Petersen loves seeing children light up as they explore the outdoors, and as the new naturalist for the Dickinson County Conservation Board she will have plenty of chances to experience just that. “Working as a naturalist means I get to bring together my passion for the field of science with ...

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Horseshoe Bend tubing hill closed March 26-27

March 24, 2016
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The Horseshoe Bend tubing hill will not be open this weekend, March 26-27. Snow conditions are not sufficient for tubing, and the weather forecast is calling for warmer temperatures this weekend. We are sorry for any inconvenience!

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Prescribed burning in county rights-of-way

March 23, 2016
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Photo of a conservation board employee working on a prescribed burn in a prairie

Dickinson County Conservation Board’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program will be conducting prescribed burns in county road rights-of-way during the next few months. Prescribed burns are an effective resource management tool utilized to discourage the growth of weeds and woody vegetation while promoting the growth of desired native vegetation in roadside ...

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IWILL — Will You?

March 23, 2016
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Yesterday (Tuesday, March 22) was Environmental Lobby Day at the Iowa Capitol. Dickinson County Conservation Board executive director Lee Sorenson, naturalist Mary Petersen and I (Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator) traveled to Des Moines to attend the event to show our support the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund — ...

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