Platte River Cranes & Prairie Chickens
March 18-24, 2013
A Special Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station
Join Hiram College and local guides for an exciting journey this spring! Each year, half a million Sandhill Cranes descend upon the Platte River. By March, 80% of the world's population crowds a 150-mile stretch, the largest gathering of cranes anywhere in the world! Here they rest and feed before continuing on to breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Among the cranes are a few of their rare cousins, the Whooping Cranes, and over 10 million ducks and geese, bright in breeding plumage. We combine this world-class spectacle in nature with the chance to see two species of North American grouse on their breeding leks in the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska, about two hours north of Kearney. We see Greater Prairie Chickens and Sharp-tailed Grouse from blinds set up on a family ranch where several generations are committed to blending ranching with wildlife conservation. Located on Calamus Reservoir, we have the chance to also see Bald Eagles in abundance, White Pelicans and a good variety of waterfowl. We call this a Sampler trip, as we enjoy sharing rural Nebraska, offering a ranch tour, a visit to Kearney's excellent art museum, and time to sample some really fun restaurants full of local flair.
For registration information and full itinerary, visit http://www.naturalistjourneys.com/jcalendar/jc_HCplatte13.htm.
contact Matt Sorrick @ Hiram College (PH: 330.569.6003, EM: firstname.lastname@example.org)