Nature Center hosts Birding on the Green on Aug. 3

Birding on the Green is back.

While the Dickinson County Nature Center’s doors are still closed to the public, they have decided to start hosting some small events where social distancing can help ensure the health and safety of all those participating.

And their next event will be Birding on the Green on Monday, Aug. 3.

Birding on the Green is an event that has been held during the warmer weather months at Brooks Golf for a number of years.

“We host birding on the green to help Brooks Golf Course maintain their Audubon certification. We decided Birding on the Green could be done safely while keeping distance from other participants,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. “We are not open currently. We are currently only offering events that can be hosted outside and in small groups.”

The event will be held at 7 a.m. on Monday Aug. 3 and again on Sept. 14 at Brooks Golf in Okoboji.

The Birding on the Green events are led by local birding enthusiasts and experts Lee Schoenewe and Skip Perkins along with help from the staff of the Dickinson County Conservation Board.

Participants will be able to use golf carts to travel through the Audubon-certified course to hunt for and document the species they identify. They are able to see and hear as many as 60 different species in just a few hours at Brooks Golf.

Participants might be able to see woodpeckers, waterfowl, hawks, warblers and a green heron, which has been Kuhlman’s favorite. The kinds of birds that participants see and hear can change each month during the program.

All levels of experience in birding are welcome and the event is free, and by using golf carts the event is more accessible to those of a wide range of ages and abilities.

In an effort to minimize the risks for everyone involved, safety precautions will be implemented.

“All staff and volunteers will be in masks and we ask that all participants wear masks as well. We also ask that participants from different families not share carts. So please call to register at 712-336-6352, to help us ensure we have enough carts for everybody,” a news release stated.

While the Nature Center’s doors remain shut, Kuhlman is excited that they are starting to be able to get back outdoors with some people for select programs.

“We are excited to slowly be offering our typical summer programming to our community,” Kuhlman said. “Although it will look slightly different than usual, it is always wonderful to spend a beautiful morning at Brooks.”