Posts Tagged ‘orleans beach’

Fall bird migration through Iowa isn’t rushed

Photo of a hooded merganser duck

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 Swan Lake, which was quite…

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Stretching out into outdoor yoga programming

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 Beach Yoga 7 a.m.…

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Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

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 east of the spillway…

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We Pedal Clean Water bike ride registration open

Photo of two people biking

The We Pedal Clean Water conservation bike ride makes a move to Big Spirit Lake this year. Join the Dickinson County Conservation Board for a ride around Iowa’s largest natural lake on Saturday, Aug. 13, and stop at four locations to learn about how local people and organizations are making a difference in water quality.…

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Take a seat at Ainsworth-Orleans Beach

Photo of the Orleans Beach sign

I grew up along the Mississippi River, and many memories surround that water for me. Feeding ducks and geese, taking walks along the shore, attempting to waterski, watching it rise and fall with spring rains and dry summer days. The hardest part of college was not being near water, and I spent studying time and…

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