Meadowlarks, cranes, and all those dancing chickens!

Blue Jay and Red-Headed Woodpecker. Photo: Ella Clem

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.
Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival
Crane Festival

Audubon Nebraska's Crane Festival

The dates are set for our 2020 Crane Festival! Visit our festival page for more details.

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Birding in Nebraska

Birding in Nebraska

Sandhill Cranes are just the beginning of your Nebraska birding adventure.

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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.

Birds In Nebraska

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