Birds, Swans, Water and Snakes highlight O'Brien County's offerings at the 17th annual Wings and Wetlands Festival. This spring event is celebrated in six counties in Northwest Iowa on May 14.
In O'Brien County, start 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 to view returning warblers and other birds. We will hike at the center; then carpool to Wanata State Park in Peterson for more bird viewing.
You won't want to miss the "Trumpeter Swan Release" at 11 a.m. This will most likely be your last chance to view this type of an event. The Trumpeter Swan program has been discontinued by the Iowa DNR non-game division due to the birds' successful reintroduction into the state. Be sure to attend this event held at the Waterman Prairie. The site is located 1 1/2 mile south of Hwy 10 on Wilson Ave. Follow the gravel road around and up the hill. The parking lot is on the east side of the road.
You will have an opportunity to view ... and touch ... these magnificent birds before they are released.
Explore the Wonders of Water. Bring your family out to Dog Creek Park for a little wet fun and games learning about the wonders of water.
The big event of the evening will be the "Snakes Alive!" program held at the Prairie Heritage Center at 7 p.m. Rebecca Christoffel of Iowa State University will be presenting information on snakes and will even bring some live reptiles for you to view. While at the center, check out the traveling exhibit -- "Snake, Rattle, and Hole" on display in the lower level.
Spend the day or just come out for one of the programs, but be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy all of the special experiences that the Wings and Wetlands Festival has to offer.
For more information, contact the O'Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.