Important Bird Areas

Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary

Site Description: Rowe Sanctuary has been owned and managed by the National Audubon Society since 1974. Located along the Platte River in central Nebraska south of Gibbon, the site encompasses 1,300 acres of river habitat, wetlands, woodlands, and mixed-grass prairie.

Ornithological Summary: The Platte River in central Nebraska is world famous for the Sandhill Crane migration that occurs early each year. Rowe hosts more than 70,000 cranes nightly during their northward flight to their breeding grounds. There have been more than 20 Whooping Crane sightings as well, usually in small groups. Other state species on concern found here are Bobolink, Northern Harrier, Dickcissel, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Piping Plover, this last species has been recorded using sandbar habitat.


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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