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Check Warblers Off Your Birding List
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Check Warblers Off Your Birding List

Birding is a simple way for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors.

The Warbler Walk on May 11 will provide a fun opportunity to identify some of the tiniest, most beautiful songbirds that migrate through northwest Iowa.

A part of the regional Wings & Wetlands Weekend celebration, Dickinson County Conservation’s Warbler Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on May 11 at the Marble Lake boat launch and will take birders through Kettleson Hogsback.

“Kettleson Hogsback offers a diversity of trees and shrubbery and habitat for migrating warbler species,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “Warblers are a very fun species of bird because they’re very small and quick-moving. I think the fun is in being able to spot them and i.d. them before they flit off.”

Local birding experts will help participants identify species.

“We have many gifted birders in this area who have been able to take the time to learn different calls and behaviors of birds native to this area,” Kuhlman said. “They are very well-suited to helping the public i.d. these birds.”

All ages are invited to participate in the Warbler Walk, which will last two-three hours. Binoculars will be provided for those who don’t have them, and participants are asked to prepare for wet conditions with boots or old shoes and by wearing layers.

You might also want to bring your bird list to check off all of the species that you see.

“I hope people come out to enjoy the day and learn a little bit about a different species of birds that are not located here year-round while enjoying the Marble Lake area and the diversity of plants and animals Kettleson Hogsback has to offer,” Kuhlman said.

Then check out the other Wings & Wetlands Weekend programs taking place at other regional county conservation boards.

To learn more about the Warbler Walk and other free Dickinson County Conservation Board programming, visit our website or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on the Dickinson County Nature Center’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Image credit: Dickinson County Conservation

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