Wings & Wetlands Festival

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Date(s) - May 13, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Mill Creek State Park

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O’Brien County Conservation is planning a great line-up of events to celebrate the annual multi-county Wings and Wetlands Festival.  O’Brien County along with other Northwest Iowa counties has celebrated the arrival of spring with a variety of events for over 20 years!

This year the fun begins on Friday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.  Participants should meet at the Mill Creek Lodge near Paullina to kick off the weekend with a reason to “Trumpet the Cause for Wetlands”.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about trumpeter swans and the tremendously successful restoration program in Iowa.  A live juvenile swan will be present at the program.  Participants will have the chance to touch and learn more about these majestic birds.

On Saturday, May 14, kick off your day with “Breakfast for the Birds.”  Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center at 7:30 a.m. for rolls and coffee.  After breakfast, hit the birding trail.  A hike at the center is planned; then participants will carpool to Wanata State Park in Peterson for more bird viewing.

At 11:00 a.m. join in to “Create-A-Craft” at the Prairie Heritage Center.  Crafts on the list will be willow fish, stick dragonflies, and yarn butterflies.

Take part in a Butterfly Survey Walk at 1:00 p.m.  Participants should meet at the Prairie Heritage Center.  The survey route will begin there.

Finally, at 4:00 p.m., people interested in learning about amphibians can take part in “Nature’s Chorus.”  Learn about these spring music makers and have a chance to see and touch various creatures.

Join in one or all of these events in O’Brien County.  Need to know more?  Contact the O’Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.  For more information about activities in other counties contact the Conservation Boards in Clay, Dickinson, and Palo Alto counties! wings and wetlands