Wings and Wetlands Festival

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Date/Time
Date(s) - May 09, 2020
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Prairie Heritage Center

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Each year several Northwest Iowa counties cooperate to celebrate the return of spring.  Over the years swan releases, bird hikes, canoe events, wildflower walks and more have engaged hundreds of Iowans in experiencing the wonders of birds and their habitats.

In O’Brien County, our events will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020.  We would love to have you participate for a single event or come out for a full day of activities!

Begin your Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with a light breakfast at the Prairie Heritage Center.  Then, hit the trail in search of migrating songbirds.  Warblers are on the move, and bird expert, Lee Schoenewe, may be on hand to help people identify these flitting visitors.  On a short walk to the river, over 30 different species can usually be counted.  The group will then carpool to Wanata Park in Peterson to add some woodland birds to the list.

At 11:00 a.m., come to the Prairie Heritage Center to learn about the “Wonders of Wetlands”.  Watch for more information about this program as the event nears.  It may feature some of our area youth.

The 2:00 p.m. program will take a look at animals of the wetlands.  “Fur, Feathers, Fins and Flippers” will be presented at the Prairie Heritage Center.  This hands-on, interactive presentation will feature some of the best wetland creatures.

End the day with the May edition of the “What’s UP” series.  We will be taking a walk on the McCormack Area, 4710 Wilson Avenue.  “You Can See the Whole World From Here” will involve some leisurely off trail hiking.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring a walking stick if you would like.  What’s up in May?  We will be!

See the websites or Facebook pages of other counties – Clay, Dickinson and Palo Alto – to take part in a variety of activities at their locations, as well.