For a day of family entertainment at its best, make tracks for the Oakland
Mills Nature Center and Park.
Oakland Mills Nature Center
OPEN SAT/SUN 1-5 PM mid-April through mid-October OR BY APPOINTMENT
||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
|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
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
LIVE ANIMAL DISPLAY- OPEN
|Oakland Mills County Park is home to several
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 two barred owls, Iowa's most common mid-sized owl, and they are sponsored by
Todd Brereton; Dane and Chaley Cook; John and Mary Ann Freeland; Richard
and Elizabeth Garrels; Henry County Nature Society; Duane and Joni Maxwell;
Kenny Morrison Memorial; Lori Muntz;
Real Estate by Waters;
Alexandria Rowe; Ralph and Helen See; Steffensmeier
Surveying; Terry J. Vlademar; and Winfield Elementary School. The hoot of a barred owl resembles the English
words: "Who cooks for you?" Both have wing injuries and
the smallest is blind in one eye.
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 Electronic Engineering Co.; Otto and
Collette Groenewald; David McCoid; Dan Peterson; Ralph and Helen See; and Paulette Shappell. Both have
partial wing amputations.
Oakland Mills is also 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 Dick
and JoAnn Corell; Henry County Democrats; Bruce and Bertha King; Genevieve McCabe; Pat and Brenda McCabe; Jim and
Doris Onorato; Ralph and Helen See; Deborah
Fisher Vroom; and and Drs. Steve and
This male American kestrel aquisition is thanks to
local Iowa DNR conservation officer, Dan Henderson. This bird has a
permanent disability in his shoulder which will prevent him from being released
back to the wild. He is sponsored by
Gabe Featherstun; Friends of Conservation in Henry County; Iris Dental P.C.;
Tristan Keomanivong; Mike
Prottsman; Ralph and Helen See; Jared and Cole Smith; and Rob, Kat, and Rhett
kestrels are Iowa's smallest falcon.
Meet our newest addition to the raptor family- a male sharp-shinned hawk. He
was also brought to us by local Iowa DNR conservation officer, Dan Henderson.
This male has permanent nerve damage to his head and wing after an accident
involving a window. The sharpie is sponsored by
Annie James. Sharp-shinned hawks are often confused with Cooper's
hawks. Both are accipitiers, woodland hawks, but the tail is the distinguishing
characteristic. Sharpies have straight tipped tails while coops are rounded.
Note: In return for sponsorships, each sponsor's name is printed in every
e-newsletter our Department sends out (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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