Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Wings Over Two Birding Conference
Prairie Chicken and Sharp-Tailed Grouse Birding and Adventure Conference
Mullen, Nebraska: Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway with a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust is presenting Wings over Two birding and adventure conference, featuring prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse in Mullen, Nebraska, April 12th through the 14th.
Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, a volunteer non-profit organization, works to encourage travel and tourism on Nebraska Highway Two from Grand Island to Alliance. A feature of Nebraska Highway Two is the abundance of wildlife, namely birds. “Every year I can’t wait to get out to the sandhills to watch the annual booming ground ritual of the prairie chickens. It is a natural experience unlike anything else and I’m most excited to be a part of the Wings Over Two festival this year.” Brad Mellema – Director of Grand Island Convention and Visitor Bureau
The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Wings Over Two birding and adventure conference is a two-day event featuring Friday and Saturday morning viewing sessions led by Brad Mellema, professional photographer and instructor and Mitch Glidden outdoor outfitter. Afternoon adventure outings are led by Mellema, Glidden and Sandhills tour developer Bill Burdett of Horizons Without Bounds Agri-Tours. Adventure tours include: Avocet Wildlife Area, National Forest at Halsey and tanking on the Middle Loup. Keynote speakers are world renown photographer, Bill Frakes, Mary Bomberger Brown, of Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership and Greg Wright, wildlife biologist.
“The birding conference is a great way to share a few of the secrets that make the sandhills such a beautiful wonder while encouraging travel and tourism in rural communities. The visitors who drive Nebraska Highway Two really get an amazing experience, and rural communities really get and economic boost with tourism dollars” Charity Adams, Economic and Community Development Director, Cairo, Nebraska.
Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway encourages those who love birds and those who want to enjoy the wonderful natural wonders of the Sandhills to register early for the Wings Over Two conference as space is limited. Click here for more information and to register or contact Twila Phillips at Sandhills RC&D at 308-546-0636.