Sandhill Cranes & More

Travel to the Platt River to see the spectacle of thousands of cranes leave their night roost. Six-day itinerary as follows:

Day 1: We will start at 6:30 a.m. in Jacksonville, Illinois.  We will head across Missouri with stops at Long Branch Lake State Park and Mozingo Lake.  Time permitting, we’ll have a guided tour of the Missouri Arboretum.  Overnight: Boulders Inn, Maryville, Missouri.

Day 2: We will bird the famous Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge where we should see tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of waterfowl.  Overnight: Leid Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Day 3: The grounds of the lodge are an arboretum and a rest stop for migrating birds. After birding the local habitat, we’ll head west to Crane country on the Platt River. Overnight: Quality Inn and Conference Center, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Day 4: We will be in the field early to watch thousands of cranes lift off of their roost on the Platt River.  We’ll spend the rest of the day watching them feed in the agriculture fields and looking for other species such as Harris’ Sparrows.  Overnight: Quality Inn and Conference Center, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Day 5: We will have one last look at the cranes, then head south.  We will bird some large Corps of Engineer impoundments and the Kerwin National Wildlife Refuge.  Overnight: Roadway Inn and Suites, Phillipsburg, Kansas.

Day 6: We will head back to central Illinois with stops along the way looking for Greater Prairie Chickens and any other birds we may have missed.  We should be back in Jacksonville in the early evening.

Cost includes ground transportation to and from Jacksonville, IL, lodging, meals and snacks in the field, and park fees.  Not included are evening meals and items of a personal nature.  A deposit of $100.00 will hold a spot for you in the van with the balance due on March 1, 2019.

Trip Leaders: Pat and Barb Ward

Cost: $895.00 (double occupancy) with a single supplement of $240.00
A deposit of $100.00 will hold a spot for you in the van with the balance due on March 1, 2019.

Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 7

Register HERE with Pat and Barb Ward

When:

Date: March 16-21, 2019

Location:

2501 Holliday Ln, South Jacksonville, IL 62650