Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Sat
all-day JUNE Activity Calendar – Lake Ma...
JUNE Activity Calendar – Lake Ma...
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
JUNE Activity Calendar - Lake Mac Naturalist
Join Park Naturalist Heidi Swanson & NGP staff for these June activities. Programs are at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center (VC) unless otherwise noted. Please call (308) 284-8800 with any questions. June 19 (Wednesday) Bird[...]
Jun
22
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmers Market will be held every Saturday June 22 to October 12 from 8 am to noon at Rendezvous Square, weather permitting. Contact: Joe Uerling, 308- 284-1121, or the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of[...]
Jun
27
Thu
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square @ Rendezvous Square
Sounds on the Square @ Rendezvous Square
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm
Sounds on the Square @ Rendezvous Square
Thursday evenings June 6, 13, 20 & 27 and July  11, enjoy FREE live music from 6 to 9 pm at Rendezvous Square in downtown Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends.   Call[...]

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.


(Photographer: Teri Elmshaeuser)

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.

(Eagle photo courtesy of Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigiation District. ) 

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.

 

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