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Mason bees might be better pollinators than honeybees!

May 24, 2017
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If you didn’t have bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all. Someone posted this about our osprey nest camera blowing down again this year. We feel kind of the same way. This poor camera has been blown down, hasn’t had enough sun, and when the camera did work last ...

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It’s all free — summer programming for kids

May 19, 2017
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There’s a big world outside of our TV, computer and phone screens, and the Dickinson County Nature Center plans to show kids just how much fun it is. Summer programming for Nature Explorers and Young Naturalists is focusing on outdoor recreation this summer. From fishing to disc golf to geocaching, youth ...

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See the larva inside the indoor bee hive

May 17, 2017
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Graphic from beesinfo.info   When looking at the indoor honeybee hive at the Dickinson County Nature Center, take a step back and look from different angles. The honeycomb is shiny with lots of nectar that the forager bees have begun to bring in this spring, most likely from the plethora of dandelions that ...

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Introducing Pioneer Park Nature Preserve

May 12, 2017
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Blue flag iris, dickcissels, monarch butterflies — the Pioneer Park Nature Preserve will be a haven for flora, fauna and outdoorsmen in Dickinson County. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will tour its newest area, located just south of Milford along Highway 71, during its next Hike the Wild program Tuesday, May ...

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Osprey Diary: Guess our hatching date

May 10, 2017
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This stick doesn’t go here. It goes here. Moves small stick two inches. And this grass would be better over here. Moves two inches. I have an itch. Swivels head to scratch back. I’m so bored. There’s not much for me to do at this point in our family-making. My husband keeps telling me my…

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Kickstart Those Kayaks

May 5, 2017
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You’re out on the lake, and there’s no sounds of motors; all you hear is the lap of small waves, the chatter of nearby birds and the plunk of a turtle diving back down into the water. Sometimes it’s hard to think of such peace and solitude on the larger lakes ...

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Instead of Legos, try natural building blocks!

May 3, 2017
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When hiking along a rocky trail on vacation, how do you try to remember the experience? Do you pull out your phone and take pictures? Do you take a deep breath, close your eyes and seal the moment in your mind without any physical evidence? Do you write about it in ...

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From warblers to Roosevelt, Wings & Wetlands Weekend is packed full

April 28, 2017
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Scarlet tanager, photo by leppyone Two male scarlet tanagers, ablaze in fiery red feathers, flitted about in front of a group of birders during a Warbler Walk for Wings & Wetlands Weekend. “The gasps and oohs and aahs were just unbelievable,” said Ed Thelen, who helps lead the Warbler Walk for Dickinson ...

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Osprey Diary: Koi fish make blustery days taste sweeter

April 26, 2017
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It’s so cold. I’ve overheard the crazy birds that live here in Kenue Park year-round call us that fly south for the winter snowbirds. In reality, I think that they’re the snowbirds. They actually live here when it gets below freezing and the snow flies. I’ve only seen snow a few times ...

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Learn from birding pros with Birding on the Green

April 21, 2017
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The “oo-eek, oo-eek” of a female wood duck. The “wha-wha-wha” of a white-breasted nuthatch. The “tee-yee” courtship call of an American goldfinch. Listen hard and you may hear all of these and more during the Birding of the Green program 7 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Brooks National Golf Club in ...

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