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Check out Okoboji’s premier disc golf course

Pink, bright yellow, red — the colors in Kenue Park aren’t just from wildflowers. Disc golfers toss discs in all kinds of fluorescent shades through the 18-hole Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course that winds through the 75-acre park in Okoboji. “We’ve had disc golfers come from as far away as Canada and Texas to play…

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10 monarch butterfly questions answered

Photo of a female monarch butterfly

We get a lot of questions at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and a lot of them have to do with butterflies and bees. Let’s take a look at some of our most commonly asked questions about monarch butterflies. How long do monarch butterflies live? A monarch is in the egg stage for three-five days,…

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7 bald eagle fun facts

1. Bald eagles don’t sound as tough as they look. https://dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/07/Bald-Eagle.mp3 If you hear a bald eagle in a movie, it is usually dubbed over with a red-tailed hawk call. Producers think bald eagles sound too wimpy. Above is the bald eagle, below is the red-tailed hawk. https://dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/07/Red-tailed-Hawk.mp3 2. Bald eagles have huge nests. Bald…

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StarLab comes to Family Nature Night

Photo of a meteor

“Do you want to know the difference between comets, meteors, asteroids and meteorites?” asked naturalist Ashley Hansen. She will explain these differences during the next Family Nature Night Friday, July 26, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. A portable StarLab inflatable planetarium will be set up in Pollinator Paradise for programs at 7 p.m. and…

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Brooks Golf will remain a golf course

Aerial photo of wetland

Brooks Golf will remain a golf course. The Dickinson County Conservation Board voted to keep Brooks Golf as a golf course and to send out a request for proposals to lease the course to a management company beginning in 2020. The current lease contract with Brooks Management LLC runs through 2019. Dickinson County Conservation Board…

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House sparrows and how to deal with them

Photo of a house sparrow

House sparrows are jerks. There, I said it. These pesky birds were introduced to the U.S. in 1851 and spread rapidly throughout the country. They are now common across all of North America, except Alaska. House sparrows nest in natural and artificial cavities, and they will also compete for nesting boxes. The issues come when…

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Why a honeybee dies when it stings

Photo of a honeybee on a purple coneflower

“Why does a honeybee die when it stings?” That was a question I couldn’t answer off the top of my head when a child asked me the other day while looking at the indoor beehive. The best thing to do when you don’t know the answer — look it up. A female worker honeybee has…

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View live trumpeter swans in Kenue Park

Photo of a swan in front of the Dickinson County Nature Center

An eight-foot wingspan, long legs and a graceful neck — the trumpeter swans in Kenue Park are a lovely sight. The two rehabilitated trumpeter swans live year-round on the wetland viewable from the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We have both a male and female trumpeter swan on our wetland, and they are flightless…

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Red, white and blue flowers

Photo of royal catchfly

Adding flags is not the only way to make your garden patriotic. Red, white and blue — plenty of native, pollinator-friendly options exist to add some Americana to your landscape. Royal catchfly (Silene regia) The avian courtyard at the Dickinson County Nature Center features royal catchfly, and its tiny, red blooms draw in many flitting,…

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Bald eagle toilet paper tube craft

Photo of bald eagle

The bald eagle is the national symbol, so Independence Day week is the perfect time for a bald eagle craft. Plus, why not reuse some materials while you’re doing it? For this toilet paper tube bald eagle, you’ll need just a few supplies: Empty toilet paper tube Black, white, yellow/orange cardstock Googly eyes (optional, or…

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