PONCA – As spring is in full swing, bird nests are being built and eggs are being laid as North America Bluebirds Society’s bluebird monitoring program is in full force.
According to a release from Ponca State Park, the park participates in the bluebird monitoring program through Bluebirds Across Nebraska. The goal of this program is to increase the population of bluebirds.
A team of staff and volunteers monitor 75 bluebird boxes weekly from March through November. Park officials are currently seeing eggs in the boxes and in about 12-14 days they should be hatchlings.
Bluebirding is a great environmental, hands-on project that people of all ages can enjoy. For additional details on Nebraska’s bluebird monitoring program visit www.bbne.org or if you would like the opportunity to observe bluebirds in their natural setting visit Ponca State Park, where people and nature meet.
The ability of Ponca State Park to keep their area open for the continued use of park-goers is dependent upon the compliance all with social spacing and group size recommendations.
Ponca State Park is located at 88090 Spur 26E, off the banks of the Missouri River four miles north of Ponca. Contact the park at 402-755-2284, visit outdoornebraska.org or like Ponca State Park NE on Facebook.
Also, officials with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have posted important dates in May.
May 8 – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting, Lincoln
May 18-June 5 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit
May 31 – Spring turkey seasons close
In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Game and Parks has cancelled all agency-sponsored events scheduled through May 31. Game and Parks aims to protect its staff and customers by removing opportunities for crowds to gather at facilities and events and by maintaining clean facilities.