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Wings & Wetlands Weekend

By Staff | Apr 24, 2008

RUTHVEN — It’s spring and time for the Trumpeter Swans to be released. That annual event is held during Wings & Wetlands Weekend, May 10-11.

The Saturday and Sunday event is held at Lost Island Huston Park, north of Ruthven. Activities include a falcon program, dog and decoy demonstrations, canoeing and a watchable wildlife tour.

The Trumpeter Swan release is Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. The site will be announced closer to the date.

Greenwings and Ringnecks Youth Program is Saturday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. guest speaker Ross Dirks will present a falcon program with live hawks. There will also be dog and decoy demonstrations, target shoot, and participants will have the opportunity to build wood duck houses.

To participate in the youth program, register by Thursday, May 1, and receive a free t-shirt. The event will be held at the Lost Island Nature Center, sponsored by Palo Alto Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.

Canoeing at Smith’s Slough is Saturday at 6 p.m. Call 712-837-4866 to reserve a canoe.

Watchable Wildlife Tour is Sunday, May 11, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to visit unique sites in the region and bird with Audubon expert Lee Schoenewe. The group will leave from the Lost Island Nature Center and carpool to area sites: Dewey’s Pasture (bird conservation area), Kirchner Prairie (prairie wetland) and Fen Valley (fen). To participate in the tour, register by calling 712-837-4866.

Wings & Wetlands Weekend is sponsored by the Palo Alto County Conservation Board, Conservation Foundation and the Soil & Water Conservation District.