Are you looking for the first robin of the year? Look no farther south than the southeast corner of O'Brien County.
Robins and bluebirds often spend the winter in our own backyard. Join in this citizen science opportunity offered by the O'Brien County Conservation Board and the Iowa Lakes Audubon Society. These organizations are again offering a Winter Bird Festival for our area.
Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. Groups will be organized and will carpool to various locations to count winter birds in the area. On the "wish list" for spotting will be the Townsends Solitaire, Bohemian Waxwing and Golden Eagle.
Bring a sack lunch, if you choose. After a brief rest at the Prairie Heritage Center, a caravan will follow the Midwinter Bald Eagle survey route to collect data on Bald Eagles using the Little Sioux River valley as their winter home.
For more information about the event, contact the O'Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.