PONCA – Close out the final weekend in March during Ponca State Park’s Marsh Madness.
According to a release from Ponca State Park, sunrise and sunset bird tours will once again take place on Saturday, March 26.
Plan on getting up before the birds and join an expert guide from the Loess Hills Audubon Society at 6:15 a.m. to watch waterfowl wake up and continue their migration. Make sure to dress for the weather and feel free to bring your binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. Some equipment will be available to borrow.
Then later in the evening at 6 p.m., parkgoers can watch the birds return to the safety of the marsh at dusk during the sunset bird tour. An expert guide will accompany you as the group caravans to the wildlife viewing areas at the North Addition of Ponca State Park.
The sunrise and sunset bird tours are limited to 16 people. Call 402-755-2284 to sign-up for this free event and then meet at the Resource and Education Center.
In the afternoon, Ponca State Park will offer ‘Beaks’ from 10 – 10:45 a.m. Bird’s beaks help make the work of cracking seeds and getting food easier. Attendees will explore how different types of beaks give clues to what the bird eats. Meet in the Riverbluff Conference room for this free event.
Later in the day on Saturday, a program titled ‘Raptors’ will last from 1 – 1:45 p.m. Raptors have certain characteristics that set them apart from other birds. Join a naturalist to explore the skies and learn about the traits these birds of prey have. Meet in the Riverbluff Conference room for this free event.
All month long, take and go activity bags are just $1 each and can be found in the Resource & Education Center.
Other activities at Ponca State Park include the Nebraska Outdoor Women’s (NOW) Month – Overlook Trail self-guided hike; Bingo/Scavenger Hunts/Passports; Search for Sasquatch; Ponca Packs and the Old Oak Trail Self-Guided Hike.
Like Ponca State Park NE on Facebook for more activities and information. Contact the park at 402-755-2284 with any questions.