SUTHERLAND - Every season is unique on the tallgrass prairie. The calendar says "winter," but the weather is acting like fall. Take advantage of the fair weather to head outdoors for a winter walk in O'Brien County thanks to two programs offered by the O'Brien County Conservation Board.
This Sunday, the OBCCB invites everyone to explore the tallgrass prairie on a leisurely afternoon walk. Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.If snow should be on the ground, they will make the trek by snowshoe. (Snowshoes will be available to borrow or bring your own). While you are at the center, learn more about Iowa Wildlife by visiting the "Country So Full of Game" exhibit on the lower level.
Mid-winter is also a great time to listen for owls as they start to stake their territory, and this winter has been unusual for these raptors, with many snowy owls making a visit to the region.
The "Owl Calling" program presented by the O'Brien County Conservation Board is an excellent opportunity to learn more about these nocturnal creatures. Gather at the Prairie Heritage Center on Thursday, Jan. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. A short program will be presented about owls and owl calling.
The group will then set out on the trail to attempt to "call" in these magnificent birds.
Dress appropriately for spending time outdoors.
For more information, contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200.