The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway’s annual meeting and banquet will be held Jan. 26 at the Mid-Plains Community College extended campus building on the western edge of Broken Bow.Reservations are due Jan. 18.
Members of the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway and those interested in becoming members can hear speakers, network and learn more about the 272 miles of the Byway.
The meeting begins at noon with a catered lunch and will be followed by the annual meeting at 1 p.m. Workshop speakers will begin at 2 p.m.
Jill Liske-Clark, owner of the Crane River store in downtown Grand Island, will speak on backyard birding.
After graduating from Grand Island Central Catholic High School, Liske-Clark attended school in Illinois with dreams of becoming a biologist.
Nebraskans have a rich diversity of birds and wildlife. Nearly 500 different types of birds have been spotted in Nebraska and the state is one of the top bird-watching destinations in the country.
Liske-Clark said running a backyard nature store appealed to her because “I get to share my love of birds and nature with people around me, and I have the opportunity to meet others who share my interests.” She will also bring along copies of Stan Tekiela's "Birds of Nebraska" to sell, a bird guide she recommends for general bird lovers.
Following her presentation, Brad Mellema, the Director of the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center near Alda, will present a workshop on multimedia marketing. Mellema and his family live in Axtell and have been involved in outdoor education for more than 13 years. An accomplished photographer and speaker, Brad has told the story of Nebraska’s Platte River to audiences throughout the state and across the country. Brad says the state need places like the Crane Trust to better understand where we live.
A social hour, banquet and awards program will be held at Huckleberry Hideout beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program will cover the “Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway’s Top Ten.”
A silent auction will follow the program, with proceeds to help fund promotional efforts of the Byway.
To donate an item for the auction, contact Stan or Nancy Sedlacek of Broken Bow at 308-872-6192.
You won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about the byway and the state of Nebraska. Lunch is $12 and the workshops and evening banquet cost $25. Reservations must be made by Jan. 18 by contacting Jeanne Davis at 308-458-2579 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.