March 21st marked the beginning of Spring and the official day of Ice Out on Lost Island Lake. Since then, we have seen numerous visitors of all kinds come by the Nature Center. The trumpeter swans have come in pairs to the marsh just north of our building, along with Wood Ducks and Canada Geese. The Pelicans are numerous almost daily right now and they bring with them a mix of Cormorants, Mud Ducks, and even a couple of Loons. Songbirds are migrating through our area or staying to breed. On April 11th we hosted Kelly McKay as he led a bird hike. What amazing skills he has for seeing and hearing bird species. As a group we were able to check off 41 different species in just 90 minutes.
Speaking of visitors, we have seen several people from as close as Emmetsburg or as far away as Colorado, all coming into the Nature Center to see what’s new. It is a wonderful place for kids of all ages to read a little history of Lost Island Lake, play some learning games, touch the furs displayed, or hear what a rain stick sounds like. We have extended our hours to every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. You are always welcome to visit the Nature Center.