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SD Ornithologist Union’s Spring Meeting – Custer, SD

May 31 @ 5:00 pm - June 2 @ 1:00 pm

SD Ornithologist Union’s Spring Meeting – Custer, SD

Custer SD May 31-June 2, 2024, All gatherings will be at the Custer County Annex Building*, 447 Crook St. Custer SD, in the Pine room. For more information: https://sdou.org/SDOU/NextMeeting.aspx

Friday evening  5 pm- 8 pm registration/social will be topped off at

7pm-8 pm Friday with a presentation ( by well known landscape photographer/author/and historian Paul Horstead, as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Custer expedition. His recreation of historical photos taken during the 1874 survey of the Black Hills by the US Calvery, show the history and the changes that have come to Western South Dakota in the past 150years.  

7 am- 6 pm on Saturday are Planned field trips will head in all four directions – north to granite peaks, south to the Whitney Preserve (SW of Hot Springs, east to Custer State Park,  and west to Hell canyon and Boles/Roby Canyon. These field trip options repeat on Sunday morning., except Saturday field trips last 7 am- 6 pm but

6-7 pm Saturday – Dinner/Banquete  : Hillbilly BBQ will provide their locally famous BBQ Brisquit with sides of cowboy beans, corn on the cob and chopped veggie salad known as “Grandma’s salad”. Non meat option will be stuffed grilled portabella mushroom and the same sides. A selection of pies for dessert, provided by The Purple Pie Place. 

7 pm-8pm MT, Saturday – Evening’s keynote speaker: Maggie Engler, life long birder and director of the Black Hills Raptor Center will bring some of her education birds for a chance to see these raptors very up close and personal .

7 am – 12 am, Sunday Field trips – with  same 4  trip options  as Saturday 

12-1 pm –  a count off.

Registration is $30 – to  get  meal please be register by 5/24/24



May 31 @ 5:00 pm
June 2 @ 1:00 pm