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.
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.