Calendar of Events

Dec
29
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Dec 29 @ 8:00 am – Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 29 through Feb. 24, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]
Jan
1
Tue
7:00 am 1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala
1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala
Jan 1 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala
Start your New Year with a 1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area!   All ages welcome.  Meet at 7 am at the Eagle Viewing Center for a 1 mile walk, including a 30-45[...]
Jan
5
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Jan 5 @ 8:00 am – Jan 6 @ 2:00 pm
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 29 through Feb. 24, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]
Jan
6
Sun
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Jan 6 @ 8:00 am – Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 29 through Feb. 24, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]

Birding

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.