More than 75 people turned out for the Birds & Breakfast at Ponca State Park. The Valentines Day special was offered with the opportunity to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count while staying at the Park.
More than 65 people enjoyed the home-cooked breakfast made by the Park Superintendent & staff. Afterwards, free guided birding tours by van were offered during morning, mid-morning and afternoon sessions. Tours were led by Bill Huser, volunteer member of the Loess Hills Audubon Society, where birders enjoyed visiting different locations within the park to view a variety of bird species. Mini-lodge guests were treated to the breakfast as part of the package which included a lodging discount, complimentary firewood, birding books & wine glass souvenirs. Binoculars & bird feeders, placed at each mini-lodge, provided additional bird viewing opportunities.
The Resource & Education Center was a hub of additional activities for children and families throughout the weekend. Activities included screening of the movie The Big Year, a popular birding movie with popcorn provided. Young Participants enjoyed programs which included “Fun with Feathers” and “Pine cone Bird Feeders” with about 15 nature enthusiasts putting together creations around the tables.
In the evening, the park hosted an Owl Prowl, with 22 owl prowlers who located two very vocal barred owls making their presence known in the park.
For a complete list of birds counted at the Park during the GBBC, visit: www.birdsource.org