Site Description: The Aldrich Prairie Research Site, located 40 miles west of Crete, is within a larger piece of land donated to Doane College in 2000. The 50-acre prairie consists of tallgrass prairie, protected wetlands, and the eastern-most colony of black-tailed prairie dogs in Nebraska. This rare combination makes the site worthy of protection and study.
Ornithological Summary: Birds of note that have been documented on site are Upland Sandpiper, Burrowing Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Swamp Sparrow, Dickcissel, Bobolink, and Marsh Wren. A strategic plan has been written to provide vision and clarifies the role of the prairie site within the context of the College's five-year plan.
For more information, call or write Kevin Poague, Important Bird Areas Coordinator, Audubon Nebraska, P.O. Box 117, 11700 SW 100th Street, Denton, NE 68339 402-797-2301, Fax: 402-797-2304.