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Marsh Madness 2015 at Ponca State Park

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Olivia Zink of Omaha and Loess Hills Audubon Society birding guide Bill Hueser looking for waterfowl inside one of Ponca State Park’s bird viewing blinds during Marsh Madness.

March is Nebraska’s peak month for viewing waterfowl. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the migration at Ponca State Park through bird viewing tours, nature hikes, bird-related activities and crafts every Saturday in March. Park lodging will be offered at 30% discount.

Ponca State Park is listed as an Important Bird Area in Nebraska by the National Audubon Society, and Nebraska wetlands, including those along the Missouri River, may experience more than 500,000 ducks and geese this month. More than 22 species of waterfowl have been observed from Ponca State Park blinds in past years. The sights of pintail courtships, whirlwinds of snow geese and bald eagles are common.

Saturday Schedule:
• Sunrise – Guided Avian Adventure Tour: Sunrise Blind Viewing Session (reservation required)
• All Day: Bald eagle and waterfowl viewing along the river on your own; birding in the park, on your own
• 10 a.m. – Guided Avian Adventure Tour
• 2 p.m. – Program: Interpretive talk, nature walk, craft or a film showing
• Sunset – Guided Avian Adventure Tour: Sunset Blind Viewing Sessions (reservation required)

Departure times for sunrise and sunset tours will vary, depending on the date. Please check at the front desk each week for specific scheduling. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, to bring rain gear, binoculars or spotting scope, tripod, cameras and video equipment. Loaner binoculars and field guides will be available.

For more information on lodging and tour reservations, please contact Ponca State Park at 402-755-2284.

About Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

NEBRASKAland Associate Editor Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and moved to the United States with her parents in 1992. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, California, in 2008 and completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2012. Wheatley was editor-in-chief for her high school newspaper and continued to write in college, freelancing for various publications, the Tiger Woods Foundation and writing for her blog FoodForHunters.com. After graduating college, she moved to Nebraska in early 2013 to join the Commission as Regional Editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. She then became associate editor in 2015. Wheatley enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.

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