Summer Grazing and Birding Tour June 14 in the Nebraska Sandhills

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Becky Keim,, Phone: (402) 269-8170
Or, Elisha Smith,, Phone: 402-687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs has partnered with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, Sandhills Task Force, and Audubon Nebraska for a summer grazing tour on June 14 in the Nebraska Sandhills near Thedford, Nebraska.  The event will bring ranchers and bird enthusiasts together to learn more about successful grazing practices, Sandhill ranch heritage, indigenous and migratory birds, and wildlife habitat.

"Utilizing proper grazing strategies in the Sandhills provides profits for ranch businesses and increases wildlife habitat, as well as water quantity and quality in the region.  It's really a win-win," said Becky Keim, Project Organizer with the Center for Rural Affairs.  "This event is a great opportunity for ranchers and birding enthusiasts to jointly learn more about the various aspects of conservation and ranching in the Sandhills from experts in the field."  
The full day event will kick off with an optional birding route, followed by registration and breakfast, three ranch visits, and an evening banquet with a special guest speaker. Ranch stops include the Eatinger Ranch, Hamilton Ranch, and the Dailey Angus Ranch.
WHAT: Summer Grazing and Birding Tour
WHERE: Nebraska Sandhills near Thedford, NE
WHEN: Tuesday, June 14
6:30 – 8:30 A.M. Optional Birding Opportunity – Eatinger Ranch, 39131 Eatinger Ranch Dr, Thedford, NE 69166
7:30 - 9:00 A.M. Registration and Breakfast – Eatinger Ranch

To explore the full agenda, read about the ranches, download the brochure, and register online, visit
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Supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through funding from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other event sponsors include Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Bird Observatory of the Rockies, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Sandhills Scenic Byway.