Spring Magic in Nebraska (March 30 – April 2, 2017)
Each spring, more than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converges on Nebraska’s Platte River Valley. Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese in the neighboring Rainwater Basin—covering the vast expanse of open sky with millions of flapping wings and a chorus of calls. At the same time, in the grasslands of Nebraska, male sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie chickens are vying for the attention of hens. Their raucous lek displays include clucks, whoops, gobbles, exposed tail coverts and balloon-like air sacs flashing orange and yellow. Get ready for spring magic in Nebraska!
OTHER UNITED STATES ITINERARIES
Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect United States adventure that meets your needs.
DAY 2 (Fri, March 31): Kearney to Switzer Ranch Prairie Reserve ~ Wake up early this morning and head to the Platte River in time to see thousands of sandhill cranes fly from their evening roost to feed in the fields nearby. Enjoy time for birding along the Platte before heading to Switzer Ranch Prairie Reserve located near the town of Burwell, Nebraska. The American Bird Conservancy has described Nebraska’s Sandhills as “the best grassland bird place in the US”. Switzer Ranch employs modern, cutting edge stewardship practices to conserve native prairie and the wildlife it support and is one of the first ranches in the area to explore ecotourism. Overnight at Switzer Ranch. (B,PL,D)
Day 4 (Sun, April 2): Switzer Ranch Prairie Reserve to Denver ~ Start your day with a second lek visit at the ranch. After breakfast, head back to Denver with time for birding en route. (B,PL) (B,PL)
Day 4 (Sun, April 2): Switzer Ranch Prairie Reserve to Denver ~ Start your day with a second lek visit at the ranch. After breakfast, head back to Denver with time for birding en route. (B,PL)
Meals: B=breakfast; PL=picnic lunch; D=dinner
Price: $795* based upon double occupancy. Single supplement: $265* (subject to availability).
Price includes accommodations, guided birding, activities and meals as listed in the itinerary. A donation to ASGD will be made on behalf of all trip participants.
Exclusions: fuel (to be split among participants).