by Alexandra Muto
Explore the wildlife at Grand Island's Buckhorn Island State Park this Saturday, July 21, as local naturalist Tom Kerr will lead a birding tour through the Island on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Kerr finds that Buckhorn Island State Park is one of the region's most fantastic locations for birding. He explains, "though I don't have birding tours (on the Island) regularly, this is not the first birding tour at the park. I do a program every month, and since I really enjoy touring Buckhorn Island State Park, I try to fit it in as often as I can."
Kerr explains that birders visiting the Buckhorn Island State Park during July can expect to find different varieties of summer breeding birds.
Kerr did not plan the event specifically for the summer climate, but there will be perks to holding the birding tour at this time. Kerr speculates, "Although there's no specific reason we will be hosting the event in mid-July, we may be able to see an eagle nest during the tour." Participants will take a scenic walk through the park's main walking trail in hopes of seeing these spectacular local birds.
To make the most of the experience, Kerr recommends tourgoers bring bug spray and binoculars for the best views of the birds.
Visitors should meet at the parking lot off of East West Park Road on Grand Island. The tour is free, but participants may make donations to the Buffalo Audobon Society at the event.