PONCA – Residents in and around the northeast Nebraska area are invited to attend one of the remaining Saturday Marsh Madness events hosted by Ponca State Park.
According to a release from the state park, the sunrise bird tour will open Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 a.m. Participants will get up before the birds and watch waterfowl wake-up and continue their migration.
Moving into the afternoon, attendees will learn about the amazing world of owls during ‘Owl Prowl’ at 2 p.m. Saturday by meeting at the Resource and Education Center. Park officials will offer hands-on experience which will allow participants to touch the talons, beaks and wings of an owl. Those who attend will also explore the diet of an owl like a scientist by dissecting an owl pellet. Cost is $2 per pellet and the activity is limited to 30 people.
The sunset bird tour will close out Saturday at 6 p.m. as birds return to the safety of the marsh at dusk.
Park-goers are recommended to bundle up for these Marsh Madness programs and feel free to bring their own binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras.
Those interested are also encouraged to pre-register by calling 402-755-2284. Attendees will meet inside the Resource and Education Center for these free tours which are limited to 10 people each.
Other Marsh Madness events include Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28. Along with the bird tours, ‘The Great Migration’ will be featured on March 21 and ‘Waterfowl Soap Carving’ on March 28 in the afternoon.
Like Ponca State Park, NE on Facebook to view upcoming events as all programs are subject to change due to staffing/weather.