two osprey sitting on a nest with an egg

Osprey Diaries: Coming Home

April 19, 2016

It was starting to warm up, and I knew that it was time to start heading north. My man and I had made a pact to meet up at this perfect little nest. So I started flying. And I flew. And I flew. And I flew. And I rested. And Read More »

stream winding through the prairie

Judd Wildlife Area is a prairie paradise

April 1, 2016

Bobolinks nesting in the prairie, Blanding’s turtles resting by the stream, bald eagles flying overhead — a walk through the Judd Wildlife Area allows some of nature’s finest to show off. Twenty years ago, the Dickinson County Conservation Board looked to add a public recreation area south of Milford, and Read More »

Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

Swans standing like flamingoes

March 9, 2016

I turned on the live web camera at the nature center last week and zoomed in on the two rehabilitated trumpeter swans on the wetland. The weather was warm, and it appeared the waterfowl were having a ball in the springtime temperatures. They dipped their necks down into the water Read More »

Wild game jambalaya

February 17, 2016

This is one of my favorite wild game recipes, because I throw pretty much whatever protein I have in the freezer in this dish. My favorite combination so far has been with wood duck, venison and sausage. I’m also thinking of trying it with fish! Jambalaya (adapted from Miss Kay’s Read More »

deer hoof print in the snow

Three ideas for using that venison in the freezer

January 28, 2016

At this point in the year, those with a freezer full of venison are often out of ideas of what to make with it. I use venison just like beef and substitute ground venison for many of my regular recipes — venison meatloaf, venison tacos, venison meatballs. (Four recipes that Read More »

Banner that says January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

January 25, 2016

  Locks can’t protect you. Doors won’t keep it out. A killer may be sneaking into your home without you even knowing it. It’s radon. And it silently kills about 21,000 Americans every year. January is National Radon Action Month, and the Dickinson County Conservation Board encourages you to protect Read More »

deer hoof print in the snow

Top 10 winter activities in our county parks

December 16, 2015

We live in Iowa because we like seasons. If we didn’t like seeing leaves bud in the spring and fall in autumn, if we didn’t like to see snowflakes dust the ground, if we didn’t like to a warm fire outside on a cool evening, we would all live in Read More »

flower seed heads in the snow

Take a stroll through Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area

December 8, 2015

Crunch, slide, pant. Crunch, slide, pant. Crunch, crunch, pant. Those were about the only sounds interrupting the peaceful stillness at Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area just south of Milford Tuesday. The snow crunched beneath my feet as I walked, and about every other step partially slid down the first hill I Read More »

snowy plain

Taking a break at Superior Marsh

November 24, 2015

I sat in the county’s Ford Escape writing this, because I had some time on my hands that I didn’t want to waste. The view outside the window is quite nice. Dried prairie grasses, sticking out above the pure white snow, billow in the breeze. The bright sun shines down, Read More »

people walking through the snow

A walk in not-so-great weather

November 18, 2015

I was talking to radio personality George Bower yesterday, and we chatted about our November and December Hike the Wild programs for our next radio spot. He brought up the topic of weather and if we would hold the hikes in yucky weather. Of course, we take safety into consideration, Read More »

the Orleans Beach sign

Take a seat at Ainsworth-Orleans Beach

November 12, 2015

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 Read More »

dock jutting into the water

A stroll through Westport Park

November 4, 2015

I hate to admit this publicly, but I had not been to Dickinson County Conservation’s Westport Park until yesterday. We are always a little surprised when people come into the nature center and have lived in the area for years without ever visiting before. However, it’s the same way with Read More »

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