SIOUX CITY | The Woodbury County Conservation Board will be leading an outing to view one of North America’s smallest owls at 10 a.m. Feb. 3. 

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a rare migrant and winter resident in Iowa.  Fortunately, a small population of these owls can typically be found at Moorehead Pioneer Park in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Wildlife Photographer and Ida County Conservation Board Member, Don Poggensee will act as a guide to view the owls. Poggensee has been tracking and photographing owls for nearly 30 years at Moorehead Pioneer Park. 

Participants should dress for the weather and bring a camera or binoculars.  The owls are generally very cooperative and can be photographed with ease.

To pre-register and for more information on this outing, contact Dawn Snyder at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838 or dsnyder@woodburyparks.org before Feb. 2. Call for more details on meeting time and place.

There are options to ride with Woodbury County Conservation naturalists or to drive yourself and meet at the park. 

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