Nebraska Bird Watching

Even nonbirds know about the spring and fall spectacle of sandhill crane migration along the Platte River. It should be on every birder’s bucket list, especially when combined with a trip to see greater prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse displaying on their leks. The Cornhusker State is heavily agricultural, but its natural state is prairie, home to many increasingly rare grassland birds. The 100th meridian bisects Nebraska, so both eastern and western birds are on the state’s checklist. The more arid Great Plains of western Nebraska, with its buttes, escarpments and rangeland, give way to the rolling dunes of the central sandhills, and even farther east, to the croplands of the central lowlands.

  • Nebraska Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Nebraska Birding Hotspots

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Sandhill Cranes. Photo by Duane McDowell

Roots and Wings: Nebraska Offers More Than Plains and Cranes

BWD contributor Catha J. Loomis takes a trek from Oregon to Nebraska in search of sandhill cranes. In the end, she discovers that the state holds more wonders than she expected.
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