Posts Tagged ‘okoboji’

Pollinator Paradise exhibits are being fabricated

Photo of kids crawling in honeycomb

The human-sized honeycomb climber inside the Dickinson County Nature Center has been a hit since it was installed in Pollinator Paradise. “The honeycomb climber helped us increase our visitor numbers to more than 15,200 in 2018, and we’re excited for the many other children’s museum-quality exhibits that will be installed in our new addition in…

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Learn about the inner-workings on a honeybee hive

Photo of a honeybee on a purple coneflower

“Bees are fascinating creatures,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “When people visit our beehive, I think they’re blown away that they can create what they create.” Honeybees are complex creatures, and Hansen will talk about the inner-workings of a honeybee hive during the final program in the Pollinator Spring Lecture Series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28,…

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Adult kayaking classes registration opens

Photo of two kayaks in the water

If you can’t wait to get your kayak out of storage and onto soft water, you’re not alone. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is already planning for summer and is looking forward to helping kayakers improve their skills on the water. Register online now for beginners and advanced kayaking courses, taught by an American Canoe…

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Waterfowl spring migration usually begins at the beginning of March

Photo of a mallard flying

You might start seeing migrating birds even when it seems winter still has its grip on the world. Different species of birds decide to migrate based on different factors, such as day length, temperature, food availability and genetics predisposition. For waterfowl, it begins with daylight. Over the winter, waterfowl eat plenty of high-fat foods to…

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10 snow activities you haven’t done yet this winter

You’ve built snowmen. You’ve gone sledding. You’ve had snowball fights. Now, it’s still winter and you don’t know what else to do to have fun in the snow. So we have put together 10 activities that will make the everlasting snow a bit more fun! 1. Maple taffy I love historical fiction, and I grew…

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Tissue paper snow painting

When you live in northwest Iowa, you’re going to have snow during the winter. There might not be snow all the time; there might not be deep snow; but you’re going to have snow. This is a fun craft to do because it starts out using snow, but you don’t have to try to preserve…

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10 animal courtship behaviors

1. Prairie voles Prairie voles are almost the epitome of a happy, healthy animal relationship. The creatures, about the size of a hamster, only live one-two years, but they are monogamous during that time. Once they meet a member of the opposite sex, pheromones help them to ready for mating. After mating, they show love…

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Fun characters coming to Family Nature Nights in February and March

Photo of kids playing with slime

A crazy cast of characters will visit the Dickinson County Nature Center for Family Nature Nights in February and March. Flik, Hopper, Atta, Dot and their friends will be on hand 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, as “A Bug’s Life” is shown inside Pollinator Paradise. “It’s a good place to sprawl out and enjoy a…

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How cottontail rabbits survive the winter

Photo of a cottontail rabbit

My husband and I keep opening up our mud room door to see an eastern cottontail rabbit darting away, and any fresh snow reveals bunny tracks on our concrete patio. “Why does it keep sitting here?” My husband asked me. “I don’t know, maybe trying to keep out of the wind?” We started to discuss…

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Snapping turtles are fascinating

Photo of a common snapping turtle

People speculate how both gangsters and snapping turtles cut off people’s fingers, so when the Dickinson County Nature Center got a baby snapping turtle as an animal ambassador, it was named Capone after the legendary gangster Al Capone. Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) are the largest turtles in Iowa, and they are quite fascinating creatures.…

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