There are so many wonderful birds and bird habitats in Nebraska that a single lifetime isn't nearly long enough to enjoy them all. Nebraska’s Platte Valley annually hosts the world's largest crane concentration, and also is the most frequent stopover-point for migrating Whooping Cranes. Our Sandhills region of grassy dunes and wetlands hosts many endemic prairie birds, including both Greater Prairie-Chickens and Sharp-tailed Grouse. Our western Pine Ridge country is a miniature Rocky Mountain ecosystem, with many western songbirds and raptors. The Missouri Valley forests ring each spring and summer with the voices of eastern warblers, tanagers, and flycatchers. Like two clear blue ribbons, the Niobrara and Platte rivers connect both ends of the state and provide the meeting grounds for several species of eastern and western birds. What more could a bird-lover want in a state?
Dr. Paul A. Johnsgard, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
This spectacularly handsome sparrow, a northern tundra breeder, migrates in numbers through the Central Plains.
The iconic dancer of the prairies, this species is sought by birders around the country.
As these birds make their way to the arctic in spring, major concentrations stop to refuel in the Rainwater Basin.
The Central Flyway is one of the two primary migration routes used by this smaller version of the Snow Goose.
A federally endangered species, a few are seen each year as they move from the Texas Coast to their breeding area in Canada.
A small prairie gull, thousands migrate through the Central Flyway on their way to and from the potholes to the north.
There is a reason the Peterson guides used the 100th meridian, which dissects Nebraska, as the change from eastern to western species.
Nebraska has an active birding community involved in regular activities like seasonal surveys as well as regional festivals.
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