Ponca State Park Trails Highlighted For Wildlife Watching

Ponca State Park Trails Highlighted For Wildlife Watching
Courtesy photo from Eric Fowler, NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Watching Sandhill cranes on hike/bike trail over bridge at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in spring.

PONCA – A northeast Nebraska state park is being highlighted as of one nine parks with trails for wildlife watching.

According to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, now is a great time to get outside with migration underway and springtime here. Grab a pair of binoculars and walk a trail to see wildlife.

Ponca State Park joins Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (Fairbury); Branched Oak State Recreation Area (Raymond); Pawnee Prairie Wildlife Management Area (Pawnee City/Beatrice); Fort Kearney State Recreation Area (Kearney); Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area (Ogallala); Niobrara State Park (Niobrara); Fort Robinson State Park (Crawford) and Wildcat Hills (Gering) as some of the best parks for wildlife watching this spring.

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Ponca State Park is one of Nebraska’s most visited state parks known for its forested hills, scenic vistas and great wildlife watching. Observers have tallied a bird list of nearly 300 species for the park and surrounding area as well as during peak migration in late April and early May. Ponca State Park is a hotspot for both amateur and experienced birders. Turkeys also are a common sight at the park, and for those who are lucky, you may spot white-tailed deer along the park’s 22 miles of trails.

Nebraska has many opportunities thanks to its diverse habitats – everything from prairie to ponderosa pine, wetlands and more than 23,000 miles of rivers and streams. Nebraska’s state parks are an ideal place to see the wildlife they hold, with a vast number of trails located in natural settings.

As you’re observing wildlife, remember to keep your distance so animals remain comfortable. Choose a good vantage spot, sit for a while and take in the sights and sounds that these beautiful places have to offer.

Learn more about these parks or start planning a trip at outdoornebraska.org.

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