The O’Brien County Conservation Board has just announced the completion of the Waterman Wildlife Addition project. This land acquisition will add a 134-acre parcel adjacent to the Prairie Heritage Center site. This project has been a partnership of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club, O’Brien County Pheasants Forever, Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association, O’Brien County Conservation Board and other special donors.
This achievement is a realization of the mission to provide outdoor recreation, prairie protection, wildlife restoration, environmental education and much more. They say it an amazing outcome of what can be achieved in a short amount of time by many partners working together.
A special signage ceremony will take place during the upcoming Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert on Tuesday, August 19. The short presentation taking place at approximately 6:30 PM will recognize the partners who took part in this project. You are asked to consider joining the Conservation Board for this special celebration.
The public is also invited to attend the annual fundraiser – Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert – which will be underway on that evening. Food will be served from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Bison burgers will be served hot off the grill and with side dishes and watermelon. After the meal, you can enjoy a pleasant evening listening to music by Bill Carpenter and Mel Kimblad. If you go, you are asked to take along your lawn chair for the outdoor concert, and relax with your neighbors. They also invite you to take part in naming this year’s bison calf. There will also be additional opportunities to help support our educational materials, displays and special programming.
Tickets for the event are $9.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 5 – 8, and those under 5 years of age are free. There will be a discount for families. Advance tickets can be purchased from the Conservation Board, and tickets will also be available at the door.
The Prairie Heritage Center is located a mile north of Highway 10 on Yellow Avenue. The Conservation Board asks you to make plans to join them for an evening of good food and great music at the Prairie Heritage Center.