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Wild parsnip — not as new as you might think

This week’s blog comes courtesy of naturalist Charles Vigdal, who addresses a topic that has made headlines throughout the state recently — wild parsnip. I have heard a lot of new talk about a plant that I have learned to watch out for in the ditches and wild areas since I was a kid. Many…

Photo of three osprey chicks in their nest

Osprey Diaries: A Sad Day

For this blog, I’m going to step out of character as the osprey mama and talk as myself. Yesterday, sirens started to sound in the Okoboji area and visitors to the Dickinson County Nature Center congregated in the lower level to wait out tornado, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings. It hit quite suddenly. We…

Photo of three osprey chicks in their nest

Osprey Diaries: Survival of the Fittest

  My babies are starting to grow up nice and strong. And that’s what an osprey needs to be — strong. We must have strong eyes to see fish in the water from 100 feet in the air. We must have strong wings to let us take off from the water when we catch a…

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