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Birding on the Green Helps You Work on Your Avian Checklist in Okoboji
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Birding on the Green Helps You Work on Your Avian Checklist in Okoboji

The Okoboji osprey male flies overhead to bring his wife a fish while she sits on their two eggs.

The trumpeter swans honk as they swim across the Kenue Park wetland.

Wood ducks flap their wings in that crazy duck way as they take flight.

What else will you see during this year’s Birding on the Green programs, hosted by the Dickinson County Conservation Board at Brooks National Golf Club in Okoboji?

Dickinson County Conservation hosts the monthly Birding on the Green event at 7 a.m. the first Monday of the month May-September at the Audubon-certified golf course that is next door to Kenue Park.

Participants will drive golf carts through the course and will be able to identify 40-60 avian species by both sight and sound with the help of experienced local birders Ed Thelen and Lee Schoenewe. Both novice and experienced birders will enjoy documenting species such as kingbirds, bluebirds, red-tailed hawks and migrating waterfowl and warblers.

“I am looking forward to learning native species of Iowa and which species migrate through here in the spring,” said new environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman, whose first Birding on the Green program will be on May 1.

Brooks National Golf Club is the perfect place to check items off of your bird checklist because it is an Audubon-certified golf course that draws in a variety of species of songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl. Birding on the Green has been a successful partnership for the conservation board and golf course because the course can keep its Audubon certification by having this active bird inventory, and it’s a wonderful outdoor experience for the conservation board to offer.

Birding on the Green will be held 7 a.m. Monday, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 11.

If you don’t get your fill of birds during Birding on the Green, stop inside the Dickinson County Nature Center to see exhibits on bird nests and the Okoboji osprey or visit our website to watch the osprey’s daily life on our live nest cam.

For more information on Birding on the Green or other events, call 712-336-6352 or keep up with the latest happenings at the nature center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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