For a day of family entertainment at its best, make tracks for the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park.


  Oakland Mills Nature Center

 

Oakland Mills Nature Center

OPEN SAT/SUN 1-5 PM mid-April through mid-October OR BY APPOINTMENT

Oakland Mills Nature Center Sign

 Welcome to Oakland Mills Nature Center! For a day of family entertainment at its best, make tracks for the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park. Our nature center is different than most. This is the place to learn what the rest of the park has to offer.

Learn about the Skunk River Valley and the varieties of plants and animals in this area. Discover how each species of wildlife interacts with its habitat, and test your knowledge of nature by experiencing the exhibits. Whether they test your sense of touch or your knowledge of the weather, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much these exhibits can teach you. View exhibits relating to the Skunk River Valley

When you feel ready to practice what was learned, step outside to experience it all first hand throughout the park. Come discover wildlife such as raccoons, deer, hawks, owls, squirrels, and many others in their natural habitat.

In addition to wildlife, you may observe or participate in various other activities on the grounds such as trailer or tent camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, admiring the spillway, or hiking the nature trails.

Hope to see you soon with your walking shoes, camera, and your sense of adventure for a full day of excitement at the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park.


LIVE ANIMAL DISPLAY- OPEN YEAR-ROUND
 

  Barred owls  
Oakland Mills County Park is home to eight raptors that all have permanent wing injuries which prevent them from ever being released back into the wild. All of these birds will be available for live programs on or off-site. 

We have three barred owls, Iowa's most common mid-sized owl, and they are sponsored by Todd Brereton; John and Mary Ann Freeland; Henry County Nature Society; Duane and Joni Maxwell; Lori Muntz; Real Estate by Waters; Alexandria Rowe; and Steffensmeier Surveying. The hoot of a barred owl resembles the English words: "Who cooks for you?" All three have wing injuries, and the smallest is blind in one eye.
 
Red-tailed Hawks 

The female red-tailed hawk on the right is a special black phase of this species, called a Harlan's. The male has more typical coloring and is sitting on the left. They are sponsored by Allie's on Jackson Street; Electronic Engineering Co.; Otto and Collette Groenewald; David McCoid; Dan Peterson; Q P & P; Paulette Shappell; and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Pat McCabe and Dan McCabe, Financial Advisors. Both have partial wing amputations.

American Kestrel

This is our female American kestrel. Kestrels are the smallest falcon in Iowa. She was hit by a car and is permanently disabled and cannot fly. She is sponsored by Allie's on Jackson Street; Friends of Conservation in Henry County; Iris Dental P.C.; Mike Prottsman; Q P & P; and Jared and Cole Smith.

Rough-legged hawk 

Oakland Mills is now home to a rough-legged hawk. She is a beautiful girl that likes to eat! She has a partial amputation and cannot fly. Rough-legged hawks nest in the Arctic and return to Iowa for the fall and winter months. Their tails and wings are longer that those of red-tailed hawks. She is sponsored by Jim and Doris Onorato and Deborah Fisher Vroom. We are currently seeking additional sponsors for her care.

Long-eared owl 

This little guy has a serious wing and foot injury. Long-eared owls are considered to be threatened under Iowa's Threatened and Endangered Species Act. He is sponsored by Sharon Barton and Kenny Morrison Memorial. We are currently seeking additional sponsors for his care.

Note: In return for sponsorships, each sponsor's name is printed in every newsletter our Department sends out (500+ postal mail and 500+ e-mail three times a year); are on signs at the display cages; and are mentioned at every program these raptors are shown at. All gift amounts are accepted. For more information, contact Cari at 319-986-5067.

Most of our raptors were obtained from S.OA.R. (Saving Our Avian Resources) in Dedham, Iowa. Go to www.soarraptors.org for more information about their organization.  

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