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Trail Walks at monument focus on nature

April 25, 2019 GMT

GERING — Join field experts and park rangers for interactive, leisurely trail walks at Scotts Bluff National Monument to learn about the short-grass prairie ecosystem and geology of the bluffs. “Birds of the Bluff” on Saturday, April 27, kicks off the series of walks, which are free and open to the public.

Discover tips and tricks to identify birds in your backyard and the common bird species that call the bluff home. A limited number of binoculars and birds identification guides will be available. The program is free and family-friendly. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is appreciated. Register by contacting Kayla Gasker at 308-436-9701 or kayla_gasker@nps.gov.

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Following the “Birds of the Bluff” will be “Geo-Journey” on Saturday, May 4. Geologists Emmett Evanoff and James Swinehart will lead the hike down the Saddle Rock Trail which will detail the geologic history of the bluff and where to find evidence of volcanic activity. This hike is in coordination with the Midwest Theater’s Science on Screen© showing of “Dante’s Peak” on Thursday, May 2.

For more information about these programs or Scotts Bluff National Monument, please call 308-436-9701, visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.