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Upcoming at KCA:

Next Activity: Saturday, April 1, 7 AM, Scope Day/Bird Walk @ Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve, Batavia (Map) Contact: Jon @ 630.584.5891.


Next Meeting: 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 winter edition. 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 February 2


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: His phone 630 485 1005.

This page last updated Tuesday March 21, 2017.

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