Sunrise, Sunset Bird Tours Being Offered Saturday At Ponca State Park

PONCA – Pack the family up and head to Ponca State Park for this weekend’s Marsh Madness.

According to a release from Ponca State Park, a sunrise bird tour will open the day on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 a.m.

Plan on getting up before the birds and join an expert guide from the Loess Hills Audubon Society 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, parkgoers can watch the birds return to the safety of the marsh at dusk during the sunset bird tour at 5 p.m. 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 ‘Backyard Bird Feeders and Nature Apps’ from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Attendees will learn about some of the common backyard birds you can find at Ponca State Park while creating a pinecone and peanut butter feeder to take back to your cabin or home. Park officials will show you how to use technology to identify the nature and critters around you. The group will explore the apps iNaturalist, PlantNet and Merlin Bird ID. Cost is $1 per kit and you can meet in the Riverbluff Conference Room.

Later in the day on Saturday, a program titled ‘Raptors’ will last from 2 – 2:45 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. The group will also dissect an owl pellet to see what animals have been eaten. Meet in the Riverbluff Conference room as cost is $1 per kit.

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 Bloodroot Trail Gnome Hunt; Creative Snow Building Contest; 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.