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Osprey Diary: Transition time

June 7, 2017
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Photo of osprey in a nest

I was sitting on the nest like any other day when I felt it. Tap, tap, tap. A soft rhythm was coming from inside one of my brown speckled eggs. Tap, tap, tap. It was time. I had done my job and the babies were ready to break out of their shells and meet ...

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Fishing fun at Family Nature Night

June 2, 2017
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Photo of kids tying lures

Summer is all about family time. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering three great opportunities to create outdoor family memories during its monthly Family Nature Nights 6 p.m. June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14. “This is the second year of Family Nature Night programs, and we’re excited to offer some ...

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Take a walk through Jahn Wildlife Area

May 31, 2017
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Photo of the Little Sioux River

I laced up my new gray and teal hiking boots, hoping to start breaking them in on my first trek to the Jahn Wildlife Area just south of Lake Park. Although the Dickinson County Conservation Board maintains the area in an agreement with the engineer’s office, I have only been to ...

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Stretching out into outdoor yoga programming

May 26, 2017
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Photo of seagulls flying above water at sunrise

A warm breeze, the quiet lapping of the waves, the chirping of shorebirds searching for breakfast — one of the most peaceful ways possible to start a summer day would be on the shore Big Spirit Lake. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering the opportunity to gently wake up with ...

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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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Photo of kids building shelter out of sticks

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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Photo of bee larva in a hive

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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Photo of Milford Creek

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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Photo of a youth kayaking

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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