South Dakota Grasslands bird watching tour at Headley Ranch June 17-18 near White Lake | TSLN.com

South Dakota Grasslands bird watching tour at Headley Ranch June 17-18 near White Lake

TSLN staff reports

Central South Dakota’s mixed-grass prairies, farmland, isolated woodlands and wetlands provides an excellent habitat for numerous bird species – including waterfowl, songbirds and grassland birds.

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition invites participants to join in viewing the abundant populations of birds that make their home on the Headley Ranch, located near White Lake, SD.

The two-day tour, June 17-18, will find participants watching and recording bird species, hearing presentations from land owners and conservation experts, and learning first-hand how management practices benefit both livestock and South Dakota’s native feathered friends.

To pre-register, visit the South Dakota Grasslands Coalition Web site at http://www.sdgrass.org and click on the “Bird Tour Brochure” link for a registration form. The cost is $20 per person, $35 per couple, and free for high school age students and younger. The fee covers materials, shuttle and meals. Space is limited to 80 attendees.

Registration forms and payment should be sent to: Justin “Judge” Jessop, 24690 299th Ave., Presho, SD 57568. For planning purposes, submit registration information by Saturday, June 10, 2011.

To learn more, contact Jessop at 605-280-0127, or e-mail jjessop@sdconservation.org.

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