Much To Do At Ponca State Park’s Marsh Madness

Much To Do At Ponca State Park’s Marsh Madness
Courtesy of Ponca State Park

PONCA – Looking for loads of fun, education and some time in the great outdoors? Migrate over to Ponca State Park on Saturday to participate in Marsh Madness.

Marsh Madness is all about birds and their adventure during migration. Kick off the day at 6:30 a.m. with a Sunrise Bird Tour. Members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society will guide early risers while watching the birds wake up and begin their journey. Be sure to bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. The event is limited to 10 people per tour so be sure to pre-register by calling (402) 755-2284.

The ever-popular Critter Corner at 11 a.m. will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about a why birds migrate. There will also be opportunities to get hands-on and touch talons, feathers and beaks. An African ring-necked dove will make an appearance.

At 2 p.m. the education continues during a Bird Adaption presentations. Participants will discover how various bird species adapt to their environments. Those interested will be able to look at feet, wings and beaks to see how those correlate to the species’ daily activities.

The day concludes with a Sunset Bird Tour. Joined again by the Loess Hills Audubon Society, visitors can watch birds bed down for the night to rest up before making their way in the morning. This activity is also limited to 10 per tour so pre-register by calling the above number.

All of the Marsh Madness activities are free and open to the public. To participate, meet at the Resource and Education Center. This weekend there will be a 20 percent discount on all bird merchandise and a 30 percent discount on mini-lodges.

For more information on this and other area events, visit the Events Calendar page on

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