What: Birds at Home on the Range Bird Watching Tour
When: June 3-4, Daybreak Ranch, Highmore, SD
Registration: Download brochure/registration form.
Hosts: Jim & Carol Faulstich and Adam, Jacquie, Alexis & Caleb Roth
Driving Directions: From Highmore, SD, travel 11.5 miles north on SD Hwy. 47, turn east on 186th St. and travel for 2 miles. Watch for signs – roads will be marked.
Cost: Free to current SD Grassland Coalition members and students; $35 per person for non-members (which includes a 1-year SDGC membership). Meals are included, lodging is on your own.
What to Bring: Bring your digital camera & binoculars. Wearing appropriate clothing and sturdy, enclosed footwear for walking on uneven terrain, changing weather conditions and protection from the elements and injury is recommended
Lodging: (On your Own) NOTE: RODEO IN HIGHMORE THAT WEEKEND! Make Plans Early!
3:25 – 4 pm Gather at Daybreak Ranch/Faulstich’ s (see driving directions)
4:00 – 4:15 Welcome and Introduction to the SD Grassland Coalition
4:15 – 5:00 History of Daybreak Ranch, Jim Faulstich, Ranch Owner
5:00 – 5:45 Bird Identification, Silka Kempema, SDGFP Wildlife Biologist
5:45 – 6:45 Supper and Refreshments
6:45 – 7:30 Habitat Presentation: Grassland Birds, Kristel Bakker, DSU
5:30 am – Gather at Daybreak/Faulstich’s
5:30 – 5:55 Sunrise Coffee and Rolls
6:00 – 8:35 Bird Watch/Record Species. Groups rotate to different stations: (40 minutes per station)
10:45 – 11:05 Break/Discuss Group Highlights, Share memory cards for slideshow- Silka Kempema, SD GFP
11:05 – 11:35 Rainfall Simulator, Kent Vlieger, NRCS, State Soil Health Specialist
11:35 – 12:35 Lunch and Slideshow
12:40 – 1:30 Grass Manager’s View, Jim Faulstich
12:40 –1:30 Kids’ Activities, Pollinator Balls
2:00 – Closing Comments