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O.W.L.S.: Iowa’s Spring Songbird Migration

Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames. “Iowa’s Spring Songbird Migration” will be presented on Tuesday, April 1, beginning at 11 a.m.

Along with many other colorful and interesting songbirds, more than 35 species of colorful warblers migrate to and through Iowa each spring. Nature photographer Ty Smedes will show colorful, close-up photos to identify these warbler species and other songbirds and share information about the habits and biology of each bird. Migration timelines and routes will also be discussed, along with the preferred habitat for each bird species and where to find them in Iowa during migration. Ty will also devote a short amount of time to recommend bird books, binoculars, and camera gear.

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for “boomers” or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. Lunch is catered for a $7 fee, and registration is required for lunch by 4 p.m., Friday, March 28. The planned lunch menu for April is hamburgers, pasta salad, potato salad and Jello cake.

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at conservation@storycounty.com, or visit www.storycountyiowa.gov/conservation.

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation’s volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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