Message from the Coordinator
Written by Jill Liske-Clark   
Friday, 30 March 2012 14:40

I am leaving my position with the Bird Partnership as of the end of March, with lots of pride in accomplishments, and twinges of sadness at things yet undone.

Bird of the Month: Sharp-tailed Grouse
Friday, 30 March 2012 14:19

Male Sharp-tailed Grouse will be busy strutting their stuff for females on leks in April.

"Sharpies" were likely once found across the state, but now you need to visit the Sandhills or northern Panhandle to find them.

Sharp-tailed Grouse are a Nebraska Bird Partnership priority species for conservation.  Learn more about Sharp-tailed Grouse from the Nebraska Bird Library.

Photo courtesy NebraskaLand Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Bird Events - April 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012 14:02

Apr 6:  PIE Grant 2nd Quarter Submission Deadline

Apr 12:  Wachiska Audubon annual meeting, Denton

Apr 13-15:  Chicken and Stars Field Trip, Mullen

Apr 20-22:  1st Annual Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival, Burwell

Apr 22:  DeBoer Prairie and Wetlands Complex Field Trip, Lincoln/Palmyra

Bridge to Birding Kits Now Available
Written by Lindsay Rogers   
Friday, 30 March 2012 13:43
It should come as no surprise that children today are spending less time in nature. To help reverse this trend and teach children of all ages about Nebraska's bird resources, the Nebraska Bird Partnership Education Workgroup established the Bridge to Birding program. This program offers birding kits available for FREE check-out.
Spring 2012 Whooping Crane Migration Update
Written by Martha Tacha, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service   
Friday, 30 March 2012 13:30

The spring whooping crane migration is well underway.  Researchers involved with the whooping crane telemetry study report that approximately 20% of the 37 whoopers with GPS transmitters had left Aransas and adjacent areas along the SE Texas coast and headed north, with one of the juvenile marked cranes reaching southern Saskatchewan already!

First-ever Prairie Chicken Festival Inaugurated by Governor
Friday, 30 March 2012 13:16

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has signed a proclamation that formally designates April 20-22, 2012 as the dates for the  newly-inaugurated Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival.  At a recent state capital ceremony in Lincoln, representatives of Calamus Outfitters and the Gracie Creek Landowners, the hosting parties of the upcoming festival, met with the Governor and discussed the significance of this first annual festival that celebrates the grassland grouse species.

Whooper Watch Training Session Offered
Thursday, 29 March 2012 12:12

The Crane Trust has re-activated its Whooper Watch™ program to enlist the public's help in monitoring whooping cranes as they migrate through Nebraska to their nesting grounds in Canada.

Woodmen Falcons Lay 3 Eggs
Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:15

Omaha's only pair of nesting peregrine falcons have laid three eggs so far this season.

Capitol Peregrine Nest Has 2nd Egg
Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:13

Are These the Same Birds?
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

A common question every year when the Capitol Peregrine Falcons begin “mixing it up” is whether the male and female Peregrine Falcon are the same birds present in the previous year(s).

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