Posts Tagged ‘okoboji’

Test your prehistoric hunting abilities during Family Nature Night

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Atlatl is an odd word. This ancient spear-throwing tool was used by prehistoric peoples in Iowa to achieve greater velocity when hunting with spears. It’s probably not something you’ve seen, or even heard of, but you can try your hand at using one during Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Dickinson…

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Five answers to questions about wood ticks

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A hard shell, long legs, a bad reputation. Know what I’m talking about? It’s the wood tick (Dermacentor variabilis), or American dog tick! More than a dozen tick species can be found throughout Iowa, but the most common is the wood tick. Iowa State University Extension & Outreach has a great publication on wood ticks,…

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Westport Schoolhouse opens for 2019 season

Slates, kerosene lamps, desks arranged by grade — step inside the Westport Schoolhouse and step back in time. The Westport Schoolhouse opens for the season Tuesday, June 11, in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Tour the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Dickinson County 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through August. “Volunteers love getting to show families…

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Free kids programming this summer at the nature center

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Animals, mud, flowers and wildfire — learn about a variety of nature topics and explore the outdoors during free kids programs this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The ever-popular Nature Tots program, for ages 2-5, expands in June, July and August with three programs the second Wednesday of each month. Choose…

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Up your kayaking game with classes this summer

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Do you have a kayak but haven’t been trained how to use it? Do you want to learn more about paddling, safety and even in-water rescues? Then check out the kayak classes and camps offered this summer through the Dickinson County Conservation Board. American Canoe Association certified instructor Mark Foss will teach beginners kayaking courses…

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Four Iowa swallows

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Bright birds with forked tails that swoop and dive around you — we see a lot of these in Kenue Park. They’re definitely swallows, but can you tell which kind? In Iowa, you’re likely to see four different kinds of swallows: Barn swallows, tree swallows, cliff swallows and purple martins. They’re quite similar, but relatively…

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Birding on the Green begins in May

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Brooks Golf is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature, and it goes beyond just golf. Dickinson County Conservation also hosts its monthly Birding on Green series on the public course each summer. “People are intrigued by Birding on the Green because they don’t always view a golf course as good habitat, but…

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Purple martins are the largest swallow in the U.S.

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A colony of white, gourd-like houses hang on a large pole outside of the Dickinson County Nature Center. Around them flies dozens of gliding, floating, flitting dark birds — purple martins. Local birder and owner of Bird Haven in Spirit Lake Wendell Hansen has cared for the purple martins for many years, and last June…

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Osprey Diary: Loving Okoboji

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Iowa is a wonderful place for us to nest and raise our chicks each year. There is plenty of food. There is not too much competition for nesting sites. The temperatures are just right. Plus, there is plenty of nesting material. I was happy when I returned that last year’s nesting platform hadn’t been taken…

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Free compost and mulch at the Dickinson Recycling Center

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Everyone loves superfoods, and compost is like a superfood for your garden. Food scraps and yard waste together make up about 30 percent of what we throw away, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and instead they can be composted. Composting leaves and grass clippings is exactly what the Dickinson Recycling Center in Milford does.…

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