DCCB helps to plan Prairie Lakes Conference

Logo of Prairie Lakes Conference with human, plants and heron

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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View the Eta Aquarids meteor shower May 6

Photo of a starry night

Halley’s Comet won’t return to the Earth’s vicinity until 2061, but people will be able to see its remnants this week. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet. “The meteors are basically the Earth going through the tail of Halley’s Comet,” said Dickinson County naturalist Charles…

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David Thoreson photography on display May-June

Photo of pelicans

Explorer, photographer, sailor — David Thoreson has had adventures all around the world, but he always ends up back home. Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Thoreson learned to sail and loved the waters of the Iowa Great Lakes as a boy. Images on display May-June in the eARTh exhibit area at the…

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Osprey Diaries: Three and counting

Photo of an osprey looking up

My one precious little egg had been doing just fine, nestled in the soft fibers in our nest. The sod clumps brought home by my partner have built up into a nice little cup edged by plenty of large tree limbs that brace the nest and protect it from wind. Our egg was three days…

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Permanent part-time job openings available

Employment applications are found here. Natural Resource Technician $15 per hour Open until filled The Dickinson County Conservation Board is looking to hire a permanent, part-time Natural Resource Technician. This is an excellent entry-level opportunity for those looking to get their foot in the door in the conservation field. Gain experience in wildlife area management,…

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Birding on the Green starts May 2

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The sight of a line of golf carts driving through Brooks National Golf Course is not unusual. However, the reason these golf carts are out the first Monday of each summer month is a bit out of the ordinary. The people driving them don’t have clubs. They don’t have a balls. They don’t even have…

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Osprey Diaries: Coming Home

Photo of two osprey sitting on a nest with an egg

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 I flew.…

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Dickinson Recycling Center helps with your spring cleaning needs

Photo of man demanufacturing an oven

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 items that you just…

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Earth Day Celebration this FRIDAY

Photo of people walking to a tent in the prairie

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 the world. He is…

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