The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to participate in two bird-themed wildlife viewing trips in 2020. Registration is now open for both of these programs:
Sandhill Crane Trips-Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28
Space is limited, and the registration deadline is February 28. Both trips depart at noon from Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park, and they will return to the same location by 11:30 p.m. The program fee is $100 and includes transportation, a meal and the cost of the viewing blind at the Crane Trust or Rowe Sanctuary. If the trip is canceled, the $40 reservation fee for the viewing blind is nonrefundable. Participants must have the ability to walk on uneven trails in low light.
Stops on this day trip will include both the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center and the Ian Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary. The location for Friday evening's blind experience will be the Crane Trust near Alda and the location for Saturday evening's blind experience will be the Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon. The viewing blind experience includes a short presentation on Sandhill cranes and the important Platte River habitat. From the blinds, participants are able to watch the sunset, listen to thousands of cranes, and observe the birds as they gather on the river for the night.
Greater Prairie Chicken Multi-Day Tour-Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19
Participants will leave from the Auld Pavilion at noon on Friday and return by noon on Sunday. The program fee is $550 and includes transportation, two nights lodging, prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse viewing, an eco-tour of the Sandhills ranch and meals. Registration and a $250 deposit are required by January 10. The deposit, minus a $50 non-refundable, is refundable until January 10. The remaining balance is due by March 1. The paid balance, minus the deposit, is refundable until March 1.
For more information about the Pioneers Park Nature Center and to register for these programs. call 402-441-7895 or visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.