Important Bird Areas

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

Site Description: Over 600 acres of native tallgrass prairie plus streams, wetlands, ponds, and bur oak/cottonwood woodlands make up this 850-acre Audubon Center located 20 minutes southwest from Lincoln. Site is open year-round with hiking trails and a visitor center. Historic nineteenth-century wagon ruts from a cutoff of the Oregon Trail are also present.

Ornithological Summary: The Center is important as a migration stopover and breeding ground for grassland birds needing extensive tracts of native prairie. Nesting species include Greater Prairie-Chicken; Henslow’s, Field, and Grasshopper Sparrows; Dickcissel; Upland Sandpiper; Northern Bobwhite; and Bobolink. Sprague’s Pipits are regular spring and fall migrants. Wooded areas support Red-headed Woodpeckers, Bell’s Vireos, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Harris’s Sparrows are common winter visitors.

Links:

http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/

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.

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