Hike the Wild heads to Kettleson Hogsback

Beavers, violets, pelicans — the Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Management Area is full of life in spring.

That makes it the perfect place for Dickinson County Conservation to host its spring Hike the Wild program Tuesday, May 28. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and caravan to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife area in Spirit Lake for the approximately two-hour hike.

“We’ll hopefully see some waterfowl on the lakes and some of the later songbird migrators,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator with the Dickinson County Conservation Board.

Kuhlman and naturalist Ashley Hansen will lead the hike through Kettleson Hogsback to see beavers, muskrats, spring flowers, early butterflies and plenty of avian species.

(Muskrats are agile swimmers)

“You can spend a lot of time at Kettleson Hogsback, because they have a good trail system,” Hansen said. “It’s one of my favorites. It’s a neat habitat.”

Hikers should be prepared for muddy conditions, so make sure to wear boots or old shoes.

Hike the Wild will continue each season through 2019 with a Kenue Park prairie flower walk July 9, a Prairie Heritage Week hike through Judd Wildlife Area Sept. 14 and a fall hike Oct. 22 through Fort Defiance State Park in Estherville.

Kuhlman and Hansen hope that Hike the Wild exposes people to parts of the county and region that they may not have seen before and opens visitors and residents up to the beauty of Iowa’s natural environment.

For more information on Hike the Wild and other free Dickinson County Conservation Board programs, visit our programs page or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on the Dickinson County Nature Center’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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