In the spring of 2019, an osprey pair returned and made a nest but did not lay any eggs. We are disappointed, but wildlife is wild! We are keeping our fingers crossed for 2020!
Enjoy our live wildlife cameras streaming in Kenue Park in Okoboji. The camera features the Okoboji Osprey family on its nest April-September and the rehabilitated trumpeter swans on the wetland October-March.
Camera quality may change in different seasons and weather conditions. The osprey camera is solar-powered and may have disruptions due to a lack of sunshine. Please give it time and check back if there are issues.
Like a number of Iowa species, including whitetail deer, turkey and Canada geese, osprey were extirpated --- extinct from a certain area --- from the state from the time the settlers arrived through the early 2000s.
With help from local conservationists, businesses, non-profits and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Dickinson County Conservation Board released juvenile ospreys from a specially-made hacking tower in Kenue Park for five years.
Osprey began returning to the nesting platform in the park in 2010.
The Dickinson County Conservation Board then set up a nest camera to view the osprey family from nest-making to egg-laying to fledging.
The pair of trumpeter swans in Kenue Park is a rehabilitated pair. Each were injured and are no longer able to fly. Many trumpeter swans are injured by manmade structures or accidents involving humans, and rehabilitated birds were used for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources swan breeding program that helped to increase the state population of America's largest waterfowl.