Calendar of Events

Jul
27
Wed
all-day Keith County Fair & Rodeo
Keith County Fair & Rodeo
Jul 27 – Jul 31 all-day
Wednesday, July 27 Combine Derby 6:00 pm Thursday, July 28 Ranch Rodeo 6:30 pm Friday, July 29 Fairboard BBQ 5:00 pm Wild West Pig Wrestling 7:00 pm Saturday, July 30 Kids Ranch Rodeo 1:00 pm[...]
Jul
30
Sat
all-day 27th Annual Kites & Castles
27th Annual Kites & Castles
Jul 30 all-day
27th Annual Kites & Castles
Kites and Castles is a go for July 30! Water levels are still predicted to be higher than normal by the end of July, but if the water is too high for a large building[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Jul 30 @ 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.
Aug
6
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Aug 6 @ 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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For more information about the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation fund, see NebraskaWildlifeFund.org.