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All (Birding) Trails Lead to Keith County!

Ogallala and Keith County are known for their location at the intersection of several historic trails.  After all, this is where the east/west Oregon Trail, Pony Express Trail, and the first transcontinental railroad met up with the Texas/Great Western Cattle Trail that came north from Texas beginning in the 1870s.

But did you know that bird trails also overlap here?  According to Olivia DaRugna, watchable wildlife biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, eastern and western varieties of birds love to meet at Lake McConaughy, the state’s largest reservoir. “It’s a big body of water in the middle of the prairie, so you’re going to get rarities from the east and west making an appearance,” DaRugna says. The lake usually provides some open water all winter long, which concentrates a large number of species in one area.

The Lake Mac area boasts the largest bird list of any location in the state, including about 340 species, with at least 104 known breeders, and about 200 transients.

In the fall, DaRugna says birdwatchers may spot unusual gulls at the lake,

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Calendar of Events

5:30 pm Parade of Lights
Parade of Lights
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm
Parade of Lights
The annual Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 in downtown Ogallala. Parade step-off is at 5:30 p.m. Please contact the Keith County Chamber of Commerce for more information at 308-284-4066.
10:00 am Santa at the Lake Mac Visitors C...
Santa at the Lake Mac Visitors C...
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Santa at the Lake Mac Visitors Center
Kids are invited to meet Santa at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There will be a showing of The Polar Express at 10:00 a.m. and[...]

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Keith County Craft Fair

Fill out your Christmas shopping list with handcrafted and homemade gifts at the annual Keith County Craft Fair, slated for Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

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Petrified Wood Gallery – Winter Hours

Winter hours at the Petrified Wood & Art Gallery are  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Stop in to view the local Art Soc

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