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Upcoming at KCA:
Activity: Saturday, April 1, 7 AM, Scope Day/Bird Walk @
Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest
(Map) Contact: Jon @
Wednesday, March 8, 7 PM @ Hickory Knolls Discovery Center,
St. Charles. Guest speakers Susan Post and Michael Jeffords on
"Butterflies of Illinois", (Map)
Contact: Bob @ 630.584.8386.
Our newsletter editor, John Sprovieri, has compiled and released the 2017
You may read it by clicking here.
KCA secretary Nancy Schnaitman has a record of our November membership
meeting. You can
read those minutes here.
KCA Announces Sandhill Crane/Prairie Chicken Trip
March 18 - 20, Registration deadline
PLEASE NOTE: THIS
TRIP'S CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED.
NO MORE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The North Platt River of central
Nebraska is the ultimate place for Crane watching. Hundreds of thousands
of Sandhill Cranes mass here each spring to wait for winter to lose its
grip on the northern breeding grounds. Also, the Nebraska Sandhills (a
place not the crane) is the center of the North American prairie. It is
home to the Greater Prairie Chicken. Whereas most of the Midwest was
plowed for corn, wheat and soybeans, the Sandhills were spared and used
mainly as pasture. The Calamus Ranch saw the value of ecotourism long ago
and designed their ranch to accommodate both Prairie Chickens and cows. We
will travel to the Calamus Ranch the day after viewing Sandhill Cranes.
These two trips can be combined or done separately. Jon Duerr needs to
know by February 2 if you are planning to go.
The cost of the Sandhill Crane viewing is $40. You must be in Grand Island
by 4:00 PM Mar 18. Housing and food will be your own expense but there are
many chain motels and restaurants in Grand Island. Jon will recommend
places for those participating.
The Calamus Ranch is located in the rural town of Burwell NE about 2 hours
from Grand Island. We will be staying at the ranch in comfortable private
rooms on the evening of Mar 19. We will be served steak dinner, view the
birds the following morning and then served a “farmers (big!) breakfast”
before leaving. The cost is $240 double occupancy or $140 for single.
It is a 9 hour drive to Grand Island. There is the possibility for other
birding and if so these plans will be formulated later.
Again, contact Jon Duerr with any questions. If you plan to go please let
Jon know by Feb 2.
Jon's email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
His phone 630 485 1005.
page last updated
Tuesday March 21, 2017.