Wildlife love Little Sioux Savanna and you should too

river overlook in fall

  Walk into Little Sioux Savanna, a beautiful park just west of Milford, and take a seat on the mowed trail. Watch. Listen. Wait. A honeybee buzzes beside you as it gathers pollen in the prairie. A northern leopard frog jumps into the Little Sioux River just below where you’re seated. An eight-point buck and Read More »

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Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

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 Read More »

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Westport Park: An Iowa Great Lakes gem

In June 1981, Dickinson County Conservation Board entered into a maintenance agreement to refresh an exhausted county gravel pit into a county park. It started as only six acres, so small it looks like only a dot on a map of the Iowa Great Lakes area. The original document included on a 10-year agreement, but Read More »

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January is National Radon Action Month

Banner that says January is National Radon Action Month

  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 yourself and your family from Read More »

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Grant supports garden improvements

The Dickinson County Conservation Board received a $6,200 grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund to expand the native gardens outside the nature center’s Butterfly House within Kenue Park in Okoboji. This grant funding will be used toward three specific additions in and around the existing gardens. “The goal of this project is to create Read More »

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Dickinson Co. Conservation gets award for Technology Outreach!

Over the past weekend Dickinson County received a special recognition for its outstanding Technology Outreach in 2013, awarded by the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards (I.A.C.C.B.) . This include the wildly popular new Dickinson County Conservation Board website, Okoboji Osprey Live Web Camera, new emailing system through Mailchimp and outstanding Facebook/Twitter outreach. Thanks to Read More »

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Slow-cooked Canada Goose Vegetable Stew

As promised, I bring you the first of many Barbara Tagami Wild Edibles recipes. We hope you enjoy it! (Wild game jambalaya recipe) We would love to hear your thoughts on the recipe, your comments after tasting it, or even your own recipes – if you’re willing to share. Just leave a comment at the Read More »

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