Author Archives: Twila

THE GREAT MIGRATION

Each spring, something magical happens in the heart of the Great Plains. More than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on Nebraska’s Platte River valley—a critical sliver of threatened habitat in North America’s Central Flyway. Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese in the neighboring rainwater basins. Click […]

Nebraska National Forest-Bessey Tree Unit

As you make your summer travel plans be sure to include a stop at the Nebraska National Forest – Bessey Unit, just west of Halsey, on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, for wonderful views, hiking trails, and outdoor adventures! Millions of Nebraska trees took root thanks to Bessey Special for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Feb […]

12th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race

If you are looking for some winter fun that’s out of the ordinary, join us for the 12th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race – March 1-2, 2019. Teams of 4-6 people race down the Middle Loup River north of Mullen, NE in metal stock tanks in a timed event.  Awards for the top three teams […]

Mullen, Nebraska: A grassland courtship

I had no idea what I was hearing the first time the hollow booming of ready-to-mate prairie chickens reached my ears. I was on a houseboat on South Dakota’s Lake Francis Case when I heard those awesome sounds before daybreak. At first, it sounded like wind moaning through the trees. But the wind that morning […]

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, […]