Meadowlarks, cranes, and all those dancing chickens!

Solitary Sandpiper. Photo: Gordon Warrick/Audubon

From east to west, north to south, the diversity of Nebraska habitats -- Missouri River riparian areas, eastern tallgrass prairie, wetlands of the Rainwater Basin, the Platte and Niobrara rivers, the Sandhills and Pine Ridge areas -- make the state a challenging and rewarding birding destination.

Sandhill Cranes begin arriving in central Nebraska in mid-February, with peak numbers occurring in late March. To get you in the crane watching mood, watch this beautiful, inspiring video, narrated in part by Rowe Sanctuary Director Bill Taddicken.

Visit Rowe Sanctuary's website to see all their crane watching opportunities to make your trip to Nebraska memorable.

Listen to BirdNote, weekdays at 9:00 am CST on NET Radio. (To replay an episode, or in case you miss one, click the box below.)

The National Audubon Society has started a Plants for Birds effort to encourage the planting of native grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees to benefit birds.

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