WINGS & WETLANDS WEEKEND
A Four County Festival Friday & Saturday May 11th & 12th, 2018
The Wings and Wetlands Festival is an annual event held throughout the counties of Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, and Palo Alto.
Each year several northwest Iowa counties cooperate to celebrate the return of spring in Northwest Iowa. 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.
On Saturday morning, May 12 begin your day at 7:30 a.m. with a light breakfast at the Prairie Heritage Center. Then hit the trail in search of migrating songbirds. 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 their list.
At 11:00, come to the Prairie Heritage Center to take part in “Terrific Terrariums.” You will make a small terrarium to take home with you. At 1:00, a walk along the trails at the Prairie Heritage Center will highlight the colors of spring. Participants will be on the lookout for the variety of plant and animal life that color the season including flowers, butterflies and more. Finally, at 4:00 p.m., meet at Waterman Prairie South, 1 1/2 miles south of Hwy 10 on Wilson Avenue for “Glacial Giants.” This walk will focus on looking at some of the glacial remnants on site including a kames, catsteps, and a hanging valley.
See the websites of Facebook posts of the other participating counties to take part in a variety of activities at their locations as well!