Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Mon
all-day Kites & Castles Virtual Event Th...
Kites & Castles Virtual Event Th...
Jun 1 – Jul 29 all-day
Kites & Castles Virtual Event Through July 29
Kites & Castles is going virtual this year!    Contact 308-284-4066 for more information. See the schedule and rules here. Preregistration required.  Print out this form and mail to the address shown or REGISTER ONLINE HERE![...]
Jun
13
Sat
all-day Western NE Bass Tournament @ Lake McConaughy
Western NE Bass Tournament @ Lake McConaughy
Jun 13 all-day
Contact: 402-659-2358    
6:00 am Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye... @ Lake McConaughy
Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye... @ Lake McConaughy
Jun 13 @ 6:00 am
Launch will be from the back boat ramp at Cedar View. Check in: 6:00 to 6:45 a.m. Launch: 7:00 a.m. Weigh in: 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-print and fill out the Tournament Entry[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays June 13 through through October 3 at Rendezvous Square from 8 am to Noon. Participants will be selling vegetables, fruits and crafts from the Square and from[...]

Birding

Each March and early April, over 20,000 Sandhill Cranes visit a 15 mile portion of the North Platte River between Lake McConaughy and Oshkosh, NE on their way north for nesting season.  They roost overnight on the sandbars and islands, and the evening fly-in can often be viewed from the old Lewellen bridge, a half mile south of town. During the day, the cranes feed in cornfields and meadows north of the river.  They can generally be spotted from county roads north of HW 92 from Lemoyne to Lewellen. Please be careful not to startle the birds, and remember to be respectful of private property.

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.  They can generally be seen during January and February.  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 on below the south end of Kingsley Dam.

Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area
Clear Creek WMA offers excellent birdwatching.  It is located at the west end of Lake McConaughy, south of State Highway 22, about 8 miles east of Lewellen in both Garden and Keith Counties.  According to the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union (noubirds.org) Bobolinks and Clark’s Grebes nest here and Least Bitterns have been found. Barn Owl nest cavities usually can be seen in the cutbanks at the turnoff from Highway 22.

(Eagle photo courtesy of Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigiation District.  Crane photo courtesy of photographer Teri Elmshaeuser)

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