Calendar of Events

Sep
28
Wed
7:45 am Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Sep 28 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am
Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
The Lake McConaughy SRA is offering Bird Walks at Lake Ogallala during September and October.   All ages welcome, walks led by resident naturalist.  Meet at Lake McConaughy Visitors Center by 7:45 a.m. Bring comfortable[...]
Sep
29
Thu
5:00 pm Coffee & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Coffee & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come out to Lake McConaughy for a night of art and relaxation September 29 and 30, led by new park naturalist, Alison Bleich! Paint from the scenery, paint from various example or come up with[...]
Sep
30
Fri
5:00 pm Cider & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Cider & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come out to Lake McConaughy for a night of art and relaxation September 29 and 30, led by new park naturalist, Alison Bleich! Paint from the scenery, paint from various example or come up with[...]
Oct
1
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.

Birding

Check these hotels for birdwatching discounts!

Due to habitat diversity, Keith County, Nebraska is considered “the best place in the state and the third best in the country to go birding,” according to noted ornithologist and author Dr. Paul Johnsgard, UNL Professor Emeritus. Our location on central migration flyways and proximity to large bodies of water add up to ideal conditions for birds. More than 360 species have been identified in the area, with over 100 breeding species. Spring and fall migration time are especially good opportunities to spot Sandhill cranes, white pelicans, ducks, geese, and shore birds. Check the Lake McConaughy Birding Trails Map and Bird Species Checklist to get started.

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The lake region is also the best place in the state to view America’s national bird, the bald eagle. Eagles gather in large numbers during the winter months below Kingsley Dam on Lake Ogallala. The Kingsley Hydroplant creates open water, which allows the eagles to fish for food. Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District maintains a public eagle viewing facility below the south end of Kingsley Dam.

Eagle photos courtesy of Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigiation District.  

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nebraska wildlife fun

For more information about the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation fund, see NebraskaWildlifeFund.org.