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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season today

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Abbie Gardner Cabin docent Ed Purdy held up a posterboard with the word perseverance printed on it. He asked a visiting class of students what they thought it meant and then revealed the definition written below the word, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Purdy’s favorite part of Abbie Gardner…

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Young Naturalists and Nature Explorers begin in June

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If you were lost in the woods, would you know how to start a fire, how to build a shelter, how to find water? If your 10- to 12-year-old participates in this summer’s Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center, they will know how to do all of these tasks. The bi-weekly program…

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Kayaking Adventures for teens and pre-teens

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Spending time on the water is the best part about summers in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Teens and pre-teens can learn a new way to enjoy the waves with the Kayaking Adventures day camps through the Dickinson County Conservation Board 8:30 a.m.-noon June 15-16 for ages 8-12 and 8:30 a.m.-noon June 22-23 for ages…

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Spirit of Chautauqua concert coming to Iowa counties

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The “Spirit of Chautauqua” is a music tour coming to Iowa counties this summer. The name is a tribute to the lively Chautauqua festivals that brought a world of entertainment to Iowa communities a century ago. Brought to you by Will Schmitt and county conservation departments across the state, the tour will come to Dickinson…

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Learn how YOU can help water quality in your own backyard

Clean water for the Iowa Great Lakes. We all want it. How do we get it? Come to the East Okoboji Beach work day 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and learn how rain gardens and swales assist in the water quality process. Dickinson County Conservation maintains the East Okoboji Beach subdivision rain gardens and enhanced…

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Little Jewels in the Timber: Wings and Wetlands Weekend feature warblers and owls

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Tennessee warblers, common yellowthroats, juvenile great-horned owls — Wings and Wetlands Weekend promises exciting bird sightings in Dickinson County. The 21st annual celebration, a joint effort among northwest Iowa conservation boards, will be held May 14-15 with two programs Saturday, May 14, hosted by the Dickinson County Conservation Board. The Warbler Walk will begin at…

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Osprey Diaries: Content but busy

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I overhear a lot of humans talking as I sit in my nest and they pass by underneath, so slowly walking on their two legs. I had been sitting on my three eggs all afternoon when I heard someone mention me from below. They had stopped a little ways away and looked up at our…

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DCCB helps to plan Prairie Lakes Conference

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Everything in the world is connected. A vibrant example of that connectivity is where prairie and lakes meet. A mutual admiration society, these two ecosystems affect each other and depend on each other in the Iowa Great Lakes area. That is why conservation professionals from throughout the region have banded together to create the Prairie…

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