"Marsh Madness" offers beautiful view of birds migrating through Nebraska

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PONCA, Neb. It’s almost Spring, and many people are ready to get outside to explore nature.

There are several spots in Nebraska where you can go to take in some birdwatching. One of those spots is Ponca State Park. Every weekend in March, you can visit Ponca to witness the wonder of spring waterfowl migration.

The event is called Marsh Madness, and it features tours and blind sessions that give visitors the opportunity to view and learn about waterfowl, eagles, and other early spring migrants.

“Just like the name implies the focus is on getting people out into marsh to experience the frenzy and drama of spring migration,” said Joel Jorgensen from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The park’s location adjacent to the Missouri River presents a significant flyway that serves as the feeding, breeding and staging ground for migratory birds.

“We have about 15-20 species of ducks and geese that are moving through the state right now in big numbers, but also some of the early migrating raptors such as bald eagles,” said Jorgenson.

Ponca is listed as an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society, with nearly 300 bird species sighted and more than 70 of those breeding in the area. More than 20 waterfowl species have been observed from the park’s blinds.

“There are 31 cabins available for rental so it’s really a great place to get away for a weekend,” said Jorgenson.

Guided and unguided bird tours are available. Guided sunrise and sunset waterfowl blind viewings are scheduled every Saturday in March, but space is limited.

Click here for more information on the event!