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Fall bird migration through Iowa isn’t rushed

October 5, 2017
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Photo of a hooded merganser duck

Sabine’s gull Sabine’s gulls are an Arctic species that typically migrate along the coasts or at sea, but one was spotted in Dickinson County in September. During the Sept. 30 Birdwatchers Anonymous birding trek, Lee Schoenewe and his group of birders found this rare species at a marsh just west of Little ...

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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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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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Make your own backyard birding binoculars

March 1, 2017
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Photo of a goldfinch

Birding is such a popular hobby because everyone can do it. Whether you are backyard birding, taking a hike or even boating, you can always catalogue the birds that you see. The Backyard Birding exhibit at the Dickinson County Nature Center features nests of some of the most common birds you ...

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Tips for birding in northwest Iowa

January 6, 2017
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Photo of a house finch catching a worm

A flock of small gray birds appears in your yard, hopping around in the snow eating some seed that has spilled from your backyard bird feeders. Another red-headed bird sits on the feeder, pecking at the sunflower seeds inside. But do you know the names of the species that you see? Local birder ...

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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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Superior Marsh — Head off the beaten track

September 16, 2016
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Photo of trees and a blue sky at Superior Marsh

It was May 20, 1996, when the Dickinson County Conservation Board decided to purchase a 40-acre piece of property quite a distance from its headquarters. What is now known as Superior Marsh is located 1.5 miles northeast of Superior and 1.5 miles east of Swan Lake and originally included 31 acres ...

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Superior Marsh — Get off the beaten track

September 15, 2016
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Photo of trees and a blue sky at Superior Marsh

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Bird Brains unite at Family Nature Night July 11

July 1, 2016
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Photo of a yellow-headed blackbird

Baltimore orioles, ruby-throated hummingbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds — all kinds of neat species make their homes in Kenue Park, home of the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. Bird brains of all ages are invited to the next Family Nature Night 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, to learn all about our feathered ...

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Birding on the Green starts May 2

April 22, 2016
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Photo of someone looking through a high-powered binocular

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. ...

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