Barn Swallow. Photo: Michelle Maani/Audubon Photography Awards
From Acadian Flycatchers to Yellow-rumped Warblers, 235 bird species have been documented at Spring Creek Prairie. (A new species, the Cinnamon Teal, was added in late March!) Staff and volunteers offer opportunities to see and learn more about birds throughout the year. See the "Events" tab above to discover what programs are on the calendar. Take time to visit the links below.
Check out our eBird kiosk! The kiosk is a touch-screen interactive computer that visitors of all ages can use to enter bird sightings, learn about birds, and more. (Learn more about the eBird project.)
The eBird kiosk is a great way for visitors to utilize eBird while visiting the prairie, but it's much more than a bird sightings computer. The kiosk works as an interactive field guide with information about our local bird species – from pictures and range maps to sounds and descriptions. And, most exciting, the kiosk allows users to put a point on the Spring Creek Prairie tail map to show other users where they saw a bird.
We use the kiosk for education programs as well, during the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and seasonal bird walks throughout the year.
Check out this great video from Ethan Freese of the Platte Basin Timelapse. How many birds can you identify by sight and sound? (At the end, see two birds that are rare visitors to eastern Nebraska!)
Here's a great photo of a meadowlark by our motion detector camera.
* To find other great birding spots in Nebraska, go to Audubon Nebraska's "Birding in Nebraska" page.
* Spring Creek Prairie is one of 25 Important Bird Areas in the state. Audubon Nebraska has more about this statewide bird conservation program.
* Listen to BirdNote, weekdays at 9:00 am CST on NET Radio. (To replay an episode, or in case you miss one, click the box below.)
* The National Audubon Society has started a "Plants for Birds" effort to encourage the planting of native grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees to benefit birds.