Enjoy our live wildlife cameras streaming in Kenue Park, located near the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, Iowa. We will have two of our locate wildlife families showcased on this live feed, our famous Okoboji osprey family on the nest in the summer months (April to Sept) and our new trumpeter swan (October to March) pair on our local wetland.
Camera quality might change in different seasons. The osprey nest camera is solar powered and may have disruptions from the weather. Please give it time and check back. Thanks!
Trumpeter swans are a beautiful and new addition to Kenue Park. This pair (male and female) are an injured pair that are no longer able to fly. Many trumpeter swans get injured by man-made structures and accidents involving humans. Many of these injured birds are used for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources swan breeding program to help increase the population of America’s largest waterfowl. The best times to view the pair is in late fall,winter, and early spring.
Osprey are another wildlife success story. Like many other Iowa species, whitetail deer, turkey, canada geese, and many others, they were extirpated or gone from the state. With help from local conservationists, businesses, non-profits and the Iowa Department of Nature Resources the Dickinson County Conservation Board released juvenile ospreys from a specially made hacking tower at the nature center for five years. Osprey have since returned to the area to nest. The Dickinson County Conservation Board has set up a nesting camera to view the osprey family from egg to flight! Being migratory birds, times to view the osprey is April thru September. (Please view the highlights from past years below)
Here are some highlights from the Okoboji Osprey nest camera. Enjoy
People are also encouraged to stop in the Dickinson County Nature Center to check out the osprey display inside, featuring a new timeline full of information, a replica osprey nest full of hidden items and more.
Thank you to the sponsors and helpers that made the Osprey Camera possible
- Prairie Lakes Audubon Society
- Bedell World Citizenship Fund
- Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County
- Dickinson County Conservation Board
- ITC Utilities
- Alissa Holtz
- Berkley “Bucky” Bedell
- James Sessions, JES Hardware Solutions
- Naturalist Charles Vigdal