Millions of monarchs are on the move. You may see them congregating on tree branches in the evening or fluttering over the highway as you pass by. The O'Brien County Conservation Board is hosting their annual monarch tagging event at Mill Creek Park on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Meet at the lodge for a short program on monarchs, their life story and amazing migratory pathway. Then hit the trail for a citizen science project. Participants will be placing small tags on the butterflies' wings which will allow data to be returned to scientists studying the monarch migration.
Come and be a part of this event. For more information call the Prairie Heritage Center at 295-7200.
Also the air is starting to get crisper; the colors of fall are starting to appear. Things are changing in the natural world. Fall migration is underway. Hawk migration is a phenomenon you won't want to miss. The Little Sioux River valley is one of the best places in the region to take in this view.
Join the Iowa Lakes Audubon Society and the O'Brien County Conservation Board for their annual Hawk Watch on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The come-and-go event will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center, 1 mile north of Hwy 10 on Yellow Avenue.
Lee Schoenewe and other members of the Audubon Society will be on hand to help you spot and identify hawks as they pass overhead. Spotting scopes will also be available.