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April 1st Registration Deadline for Wings over 2 Birding Conference

April 1st is the deadline to register for Wings Over 2 Birding Conference in Mullen, Nebraska. Don’t miss your opportunity to watch and photograph prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse with professional photographers, Bill Frakes and Brad Mellema and tour guide Mitch Glidden.  This opportunity is developed by the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway with a grant […]

Renowned Photographer Bill Frakes to Speak at Wings Over Two Birding Conference

Bill Frakes, renowned photographer is coming to Mullen, Nebraska to photograph prairie chickens and sharp-tailed Grouse, during the Wings Over Two Birding Conference starting April 12th in Mullen, Nebraska.  Frakes is the keynote speaker of the event on Friday evening.    Bill Frakes was born and raised in the ranch country of western Nebraska.   […]

It’s National Art and Humanities Month

October is National Art and Humanities month.  Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway has always been a destination for incredible art.  The Byway is home to several public art galleries and museums.  The 2017 Sandhills Van Tour will feature art galleries, private artists’ galleries and museums as a part of its focus on Art and Humanities.  More […]

SJSB INTERPRETIVE VISITOR CENTER REPORT FOR 2016

2016 was an eventful year for the Visitor Center or the Barn as we like to call it.  Prior to our opening Memorial Day weekend a few things were done in preparation for the season:   Don Cantrell and his crew performed a prescribed burn on the native grass areas to rejuvenate the mixed prairie […]

CUSTER COUNTY’s ‘CANTEEN SPIRIT’ is ‘4 A CURE’

Broken Bow – Here in central Nebraska, when one hears ‘canteen spirit’ one reflects on the herculean efforts of so many volunteers that greeted and fed our troops when their train would stop at the North Platte Depot during WWII.   ‘Canteen spirit’ is synonymous with volunteerism.   Custer County and the surrounding area has that […]

Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Membership Flyer

All memberships – individual and/or business – are welcome and appreciated!!  These memberships help promote the byway and provide funds for grant matches.  Please complete and return the attached membership form  membership-application-march-2016 with your $25 membership payment to the SJSB Treasurer:  Helen White, P.O. Box 224, Thedford, NE  69166!

Follow the Rails Art Tour Completes Sixth Year

The late Charles Kuralt called Nebraska’s Highway 2 “one of America’s 10 most beautiful highways” exclaiming, “This road will take you to one of the last unexplored frontiers where vast treasures can be discovered.” For the last six years, volunteers along 272 miles of Nebraska Highway 2, what is known as the Sandhills Journey Scenic […]

Spring Crane Migration

Each spring something magical happens in the Platte River Valley: More than 80% (500,000+) of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converge on this critical sliver of threatened habitat. Millions of migrating ducks and geese arrive with them. National Geographic named this annual migration event as one of North America’s two greatest natural wildlife phenomena, […]

How to pack for the Sandhills in the fall

Getting to the great outdoors, no matter the season, can be a great vacation. But sometimes your packing list can easily get out of control, especially in places like Western Nebraska where the weather can be fickle. You want to always be prepared, but you don’t want to be bogged down.  Anytime you’re planning an […]

Tanking

For some reason tanking seems to be a uniquely Nebraskan activity.  I’ve been informed that there is some tanking activity in other Midwestern states but I’m going to choose to ignore it and focus on the great tanking that’s available on the Middle Loup River. For those of you who don’t know about tanking, it’s […]