PONCA – Kick off the first weekend in March during Ponca State Park’s Marsh Madness this Saturday.
According to a release from Ponca State Park, a sunrise bird tour will open Saturday, March 7 at 6 a.m. Participants will get up before the birds and watch waterfowl wake-up and continue their migration.
Moving into the afternoon, attendees will discover the different species of ducks and geese at 2 p.m. Saturday that can be seen on or near the Missouri River. The expert guides will explore waterfowl habitat, nesting, brood rearing and migration patterns before briefly discussing waterfowl hunting techniques and trying out various duck and goose calls.
The sunset bird tour will close out Saturday at 4:45 p.m. as birds return to the safety of the marsh at dusk. There will also be a 20% discount on all bird merchandise and a 30% discount on lodging this weekend.
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 14; Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28. Along with the bird tours, an ‘Owl Prowl’ will be held March 14; ‘The Great Migration’ on March 21 and ‘Waterfowl Soap Carving’ on March 28.
Like Ponca State Park, NE on Facebook to view upcoming events as all programs are subject to change due to staffing/weather.