Birds

Meadowlarks, cranes, and all those dancing chickens!

Burrowing Owl. Photo: Brad Lewis/Audubon Photography Awards

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.

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Another Consequence of Suppressing Wildfire: Trees Are Invading the Prairie

Left unburned, woody vegetation is crowding out habitat, but proactive landowners are learning to use fire to restore America’s grasslands.

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More Birds Bring More Happiness, According to Science
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More Birds Bring More Happiness, According to Science

A pair of new studies show how birds improve our wellbeing, adding to a growing body of evidence that avians are an antidote to our despair.

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Audubon Nebraska Fights for Whooping Cranes by Supporting Lawsuit
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Audubon Nebraska Fights for Whooping Cranes by Supporting Lawsuit

Audubon joins in amicus brief supporting lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning threats to migrating Whooping Cranes.

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New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change
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New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change

Enter your zip code into Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer and it will show you how climate change will impact your birds and your community and includes ways you can help.

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Birds In Nebraska

Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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Red-headed Woodpecker

Latin:  Melanerpes erythrocephalus

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Sandhill Crane

Latin:  Antigone canadensis

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Whooping Crane

Latin:  Grus americana

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Red-tailed Hawk

Latin:  Buteo jamaicensis

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Eastern Meadowlark

Latin:  Sturnella magna

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Turkey Vulture

Latin:  Cathartes aura

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Downy Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates pubescens

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Greater Prairie-Chicken

Latin:  Tympanuchus cupido

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Harris's Sparrow

Latin:  Zonotrichia querula

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House Finch

Latin:  Haemorhous mexicanus

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American Kestrel

Latin:  Falco sparverius

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Northern Cardinal

Latin:  Cardinalis cardinalis

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American Goldfinch

Latin:  Spinus tristis

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Black-capped Chickadee

Latin:  Poecile atricapillus

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Latin:  Melanerpes carolinus

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