June 3-4, 2022 | Highmore, SD

Birds. At Home, on the Range

FREE to current SDGC members and students; $35 per person for non-members (which includes a 1 year SDGC membership). Meals are included.

Register Here

Name(Required)
Payment Method
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

About the Event

This year’s Bird watching tour will be hosted by Jim & Carol Faulstich and Adam, Jacquie, Alexis, & Caleb Roth. 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.

Join Us
June 3-4, 2022 | Highmore, SD
Located at the Daybreak Ranch
FREE to current members

Join us for the annual bird watching tour: Birds. At Home, on the Range. You will be glad you did!

Ready to Register?

See below for lodging options. There is a rodeo that weekend, so book your lodging reservations now! If you prefer to register by mail, click here to download the flyer. 

Bird Tour Agenda

Driving Directions: From Highmore, SD travel 11 ½ Miles North on SD Hwy 47, turn east on 186th St. & travel for 2 miles. Watch for signs – roads will be marked.

Lodging: Highmore offers several lodging options:

Friday, June 3rd

3:25 – 4 pm  ~  Gather at Daybreak Ranch/Faulstich’ s

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

7:30  ~  Birding

Saturday, June 4th

5:30 am  ~  Gather at Daybreak/Faulstich’s

5:30 – 5:55  ~  Sunrise Coffee and Rolls

6:00 – 8:35  ~  Bird Watch/Record Species

8:35 – 10:45  ~ Groups rotate to different stations: (40 minutes per station)
  1. 1. Nest Dragging
    Kristel Bakker
  2. 2. Plant Identification
    Sandy Smart, SDSU
  3. 3. The How & Why of Bird Banding
  4. 4. Insect ID/pollinators
    Catherine Beall, Pheasants Forever


10:45 – 11:05  ~  Break/Discuss Group Highlights Share memory cards for slideshowSilka 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

About South Dakota Grasslands Coalition

This is just a short paragraph, perhaps a general background of SDGC

Highmore offers