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Nature Tots expands to two sessions in 2017

December 30, 2016
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Photo of a child touching a bird's nest

Humans don’t hibernate, so it’s time to get out of the house. Bring your toddler, ages 2-5, to the next Nature Tots Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and go for a Wintertime Walk. “We will focus on snow and how animals survive through the winter,” said ...

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Horseshoe Bend tubing hill not yet open for the season

December 28, 2016
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Photo of the tubing hill with little snow on it

The Horseshoe Bend Winter Sports Area tubing hill has not yet opened for the season due to unfavorable snow conditions. When the hill does open, hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Day passes are $10 per person, including the tube, and season passes are available for $45 each. For the most ...

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Celebrating the days getting longer

December 1, 2016
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Making yin yangs in the snow Burning a yule log, a yule log cake, yule log ornaments on our Christmas trees — but do we really even know where the yule log tradition came from? Naturalist Charles Vigdal will explain to all those who attend the Winter Solstice Hike 3 p.m. Thursday, ...

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December’s supermoon and the Geminids meteor shower

December 1, 2016
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Photo of a full moon

The closest supermoon since 1948 showed up in November, but was it really that big of a deal? Supermoons actually aren’t all that rare. The term just means a full moon the closely coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, and to most people, a supermoon ...

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Wildlife love Little Sioux Savanna and you should too

November 18, 2016
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Photo of a river overlook in fall

  Walk into Little Sioux Savanna, a beautiful park just west of Milford, and take a seat on the mowed trail. Watch. Listen. Wait. A honeybee buzzes beside you as it gathers pollen in the prairie. A northern leopard frog jumps into the Little Sioux River just below where you’re seated. An eight-point ...

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Turkey Trot goes through Kenue Park

November 10, 2016
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Photo of a sign that says turkey and pine cone turkeys

The sounds of Thanksgiving — the laughter of family members, the sizzle of delicious items on the stove, the gobble of turkeys. The gobble of turkeys? Maybe most families aren’t hearing this fall sound, their turkeys sitting a little more silently in the kitchen, but if you come to the Dickinson County ...

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Do you need to attend Birdwatchers Anonymous?

November 4, 2016
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Photo of a yellow-headed blackbird

Common loons in winter plumage, a beautiful western grebe, migrating surf scoters — October’s Birdwatchers Anonymous group documented several exciting species. Dickinson County Conservation’s birding offerings have expanded this year as local birder Lee Schoenewe volunteered to lead excursions beyond the normal summer Birding on the Green programs. He wanted people ...

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Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

October 28, 2016
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Photo of shelter house by the lake

Only two years after the Dickinson County Conservation Board was established, it took on the care of a beautiful recreation area on the south side of Big Spirit Lake. The conservation board worked on an agreement with the State Conservation Commission for 25 years of management of Orleans Beach. The area ...

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REAP grant awarded to Dickinson County Conservation for new property

October 21, 2016
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Photo of a river overlook

The Dickinson County Conservation Board has been awarded a grant of $71,500 from Resource Enhancement and Protection, commonly referred to as REAP. REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Twenty percent of REAP is set aside for grants to county conservation for projects that help ...

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Spot Orion in the sky and see some meteors this month

October 5, 2016
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Photo of a starry night

Think of the constellation Orion, and we often think of the hunter’s belt, but come October, the constellation also means meteors. This year’s Orionids meteor shower peaks on the morning of Friday, Oct. 21, and naturalist Charles Vigdal will focus on the shower during his next Star Trekking program at 8:30 ...

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