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Statewide

All through May

Nebraska Bird Month BirdBlitz

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

With just your smart phone, you can log the birds you have identified and help generate real scientific data about bird populations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Bird Month BirdBlitz is modeled after a bioblitz, which is and event where community volunteers work to identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a designated period of time. The Birdblitz will focus specifically on birds the entire month of May. From anywhere in the state you can participate in this community science effort.  For more information head over to the

Nebraska Bird Month BirdBlitz page.

Ages: All Ages

Fee: FREE!

To join, go the Birdblitz iNaturalist Project

Statewide 

Tuesday, May 11th. 2021

Flying WILD Educator Workshop

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Zoom

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

In this educator workshop participants will be provided with activities that teach students about birds, their migration, and what people can do to help birds and their habitats. These activities can then be used to teach classroom lesson or to set up service-learning projects about birds and their habitats.  After the workshop participants will receive the Flying WILD curriculum guide and a certificate of 2 in-service hours.  

Ages: Adults Only

Fee: FREE

Is pre-registartion required? Yes 

Register Here

For Questions Contact:

monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov

Statewide

Saturday May 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th, 2021

Fontenelle Forest Live Raptor Zoomlet Features

12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

Zoom

Zoomlet Program Featurin live raptors of Nebraska.

May 3rd-Peregrine Falcon

May 4th- Red-tailed Hawk

May 5th- Merlin

May 6th- Barn Owl

May 7th- Turkey Vulture

Ages: All Ages

Fee: Free

Is pre-registartion required? Yes. Register Here

Fontenelle Forest

Statewide

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Migratory Raptor Virtual Program

Fontenelle Forest/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Zoom

10:00 am to 11:00 am 

Fontenelle Forest Raptor Team handlers will present a Migratory Raptor Zoom program, featuring 3 live species: Barn owl, Swainson’s hawk and Peregrine falcon. The audience will learn about migratory styles and patterns and learn how light pollution affects their journeys.

Ages: All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Fee: FREE!

Is pre-registartion required? Yes.

REGISTER HERE.

Registration Deadline: May 22nd, 2021

Fontenelle Forest

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Ashland

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Beaks and Bills, Feathers and Quills

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari

Lower Wolf Woods Area of the Park

16406 N. 292 Street Ashland

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come learn all about birds with various activities to participate in! Go on a hike to look for birds, see how wide you can spread your arms and compare that to bird wingspans, and more interactive activities! We also have various species of birds that call Nebraska home or that pass through the state in exhibits throughout the Park.

Ages: All Ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fee: Free with Park membership or paid admission- $8.00 (ages 12+), $6.00 (ages 3-11), $7.00 ( ages 65+), Children age 2 and under free.

Is pre-registartion required? No.

Wildlife Safari Park 

 

 

 

Bellevue

Saturday, May 8th. 2021

Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Fontenelle Forest

1111 Bellevue Blvd. North, Bellevue 

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Guided migratory bird hikes, Audubon Society Omaha will share information on migratory songbirds, migratory raptors on display.

Ages: All Ages

Fee: Free with admission to the forest. See website for admission prices.

Is pre-registartion required? No

Fontenelle Forest

Crawford

Saturday, May 15th. 2021

Fort Robinson SP Birding Hike

Fort Robinson State Park 

3200 US Hwy 20, Crawford

9:oo am to 10:00 am

Join Nebraska Game & Parks, US Forest Service and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies staff as we bird along the river at Fort Robinson State Park! During the hike we will learn about the diversity of birds that call the park home, share some tips and tricks for bird id in the field and celebrate Nebraska Bird Month. Please bring your own binoculars and field guides, a limited number of binoculars and field guides will be available during the hike. 

Ages: All Ages

Fee: FREE! State Park Permit Required

Is pre-registartion required? Yes, call 308-436-3777 to register.

Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2021

Fort Robinson State Park 

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

US Forest Service

 Denton 

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

SUPER BIRD SATURDAY

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

11700 SW 100th St, Denton

10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Join us to celebrate BIRD MONTH in Nebraska at this family-fun event on the prairie. And we'll be setting everything up socially-distant and safe for COVID19 concerns, and ask participants to still wear masks. We'll have bird crafts, bird games, a bird watching station, family bird yoga at 10:30am, and a live bird presentation at 11:30am.  Pack a picnic if you want to end the day with lunch and come join the free fun!

Fee: FREE!

No Pre-registration required.

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

 

Elwood

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Call of the Wild

Johnson Lake Trailhead & Bird Viewing Blind

1 Drive 25A, Elwood, NE 68937

10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Listen to the calls of the wild during a drive or hike while recording bird observations in the Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Call of the Wild. Species of interest for this weekend are: Upland Game Birds—Greater Prairie Chickens, Sharp-tail Grouse, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Ring-neck Pheasant. These birds are currently in their breeding season where grouse will be gathered lekking (breeding ground hotspots), and male pheasant and quail will be claiming their territory vocally.  This location at the Johnson Lake Trailhead provides both identification assistance and fun activities on May 15th from 10am to 1pm! Nebraska Master Naturalist Vicki will be available with her stuffed birds and activities near the bird viewing blind at the trailhead and along the community paved path. Habitat is available along the path and around the lake for participants to explore and record various bird species in the area. 

Ages: All Ages

Fee: FREE! State Park Permit Required

Is pre-registration required? Yes, May 10th

REGISTER HERE

Contact: Holly Mauslein  

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever of Nebraska

Fairbury 

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Bird Hike at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

57426 710th Rd, Fairbury

8:30 am to 9:15 pm

Join the Watchable Wildlife Biologist for an enjoyable bird hike at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. This hike is one of several hikes offered for Natural History and Habitat Day at the park. Together we will discover the birds of the park, observing their unique behaviors and listening to their songs. We will also explore how management of the park benefits the variety of bird species we see. 

Ages: All Ages, Families.

Fee: Free with valid State Park Permit. 

Is pre-registration required? No.

Contact: Olivia Darugna

Gering

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Wildcat Hills Bird Hike

Wildcat Hills SRA and Nature Center

210615 Hwy 71, Gering

9:00 am to 10:00 am 

Come along as we discover the birds that call the Wildcat Hills home. Uncover cool adaptations, local research projects and common birds in the area.

Ages: All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Fee: FREE!  Must have valid State Park permit.

Is pre-registartion required? Yes, call 308-436-3777 to register.

Registration Deadline: May 21st, 2021

Wildcat Hills SRA

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Gibbon

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Bird Walk Along the Platte

Rowe Sanctuary

44450 Elm Island Road, Gibbon

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Join a Rowe Sanctuary staff member or volunteer for a guided bird walk along the Platte River and enjoy the sights and sounds of the birds.  This event is FREE but registration is required as we will be limiting the group to only 15 participants per day.  Masks are required during the walk at all times.

Ages: All Ages.

Fee: FREE!

Is pre-registration required? Yes. Registration deadline, April 30th. 

REGISTER HERE

Registration deadline, April 30th.

Rowe Sanctuary

Gibbon

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Bird Walk Along the Platte

Rowe Sanctuary

44450 Elm Island Road, Gibbon

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Join a Rowe Sanctuary staff member or volunteer for a guided bird walk along the Platte River and enjoy the sights and sounds of the birds.  This event is FREE but registration is required as we will be limiting the group to only 15 participants per day.  Masks are required during the walk at all times.

Ages: All Ages.

Fee: FREE!

Is pre-registration required? Yes. Registration deadline, April 30th.  

REGISTER HERE

Registration deadline, April 30th.

Rowe Sanctuary

 

 

Gretna

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Bird Walk at Schramm Park State Recreation Area

Schramm Education Center

21502 West Hwy 31, Gretna, 68028

8:30 am to 10:00 am 

Join the Watchable Wildlife Biologist for an enjoyable bird walk at Schramm Park State Recreation Area. Together we will discover the birds of the park, observing their unique behaviors and listening to their songs. During the walk we will learn how different management actions at this Nebraska Natural Legacy Demonstration Site benefit the variety of bird species we see. We will start and end the walk from the Schramm Education Center Parking lot near the bird feeders. While you are here for the hike, stop by Schramm Education Center. When you visit the front desk, mention that you are with the Nebraska Game and Parks Birding Walk group to get our discounted rate: $2.50 youth, 3 and under free, $3 adults. Ask at the front desk to rent a Birding Backpack - complete with binoculars and bird books. Enjoy the birding area in the center, along with our many Nebraska-native fish, reptiles and amphibians on display.

Ages: All Ages

Fee: (i.e. participants must have a valid State Park permit; $10 per family; $3/child, $5/adult; etc.)

Is pre-registration required? No

Contact: Olivia DaRugna

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

 

 

Gretna

Throughout May, 2021

Nebraska Bird Month at Schramm

Schramm Education Center

21502 West Hwy 31, Gretna

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Visit Schramm Education Center anytime in May to celebrate Nebraska Bird Month. In the birding area of the center, we will have a table dedicated to birding. Are you new to birding? Ask at the front desk to rent a Birding Backpack - complete with binoculars, bird books and more to take out on a trail with you and see why birding has gained nationwide attention for it's many benefits. 

Ages: All Ages

Fee: Admission to the Education Center Required

Is pre-registartion required? No

Schramm Education Center

Hastings

Saturday, May 15th. 2021

Family Outdoor Club - Theme: For the Birds!

Prairie Loft

4705 DLD Road, Hastings 

10:00 am to 11:30 am

For the Birds!  May is Migratory Bird Month, so we are celebrating and learning about our feathered friends.  Activities are designed for kids ages 2-8 with their grownups. Free will donation: $5 per family. All are welcome!  The program begins at 10:00 with free choice time, followed by story time, active outdoor exploration, art activities, and take-home projects. Activities take place both indoors and out. Please dress for the weather and expect to get a little messy.  No need to RSVP. Just come ready to learn and have fun!

Ages: Kids ages 2-8 and their grown-ups.

Fee: $5 per family suggested donation

Is pre-registartion required? No

Prairie Loft

Lincoln

Sunday May 9th, 2021

Mother's Day Bird Walk

Pioneers Park Nature Center

3201 S. Coddington Ave, Lincoln

9:00 am to 10:30 am 

May is Migratory Bird Month and May 9th is Mother’s Day. Let’s celebrate both with a bird walk at the Nature Center. This program will include a short hike in Flemming Woods and time for exploration along the trails. Bring your own binoculars or request to borrow a pair from the Nature Center. 

Ages: All Ages

Fee: $5 

Is pre-registartion required? Yes, Call 402-441-7895 or

REGISTER HERE

Registration Deadline: May 6th, 2021

Pioneers Park Nature Center

 

 

Nebraska City

Saturday, May 15th & 22nd, 2021

Fine Feathered Friends

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

2611 Arbor Ave./Nebraska City, NE 68410

10:30 am to 3:30 pm

FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS DAY  It’s an amazing phenomenon that happens every spring — our fine feathered friends return from the south. Come celebrate this seasonal movement with us during Migratory Bird Month. Stop at our guide stations along the trail to learn what makes feathers special and so varied in color, shape, and function. Then enjoy making a feather craft to take home with you!   

Ages: All Ages

Fee: FREE with Tree Adventure admission; $11/child (3-12), $13/adult

Is pre-registration required? No

Contact: Sonnie Nelson 

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

 

 

North Platte

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Buffalo Bill Birding

Buffalo Bill Ranch SRA

2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road, North Platte

8:00 am to 10:00 am

All ages are welcome to attend. Learn birding and photography tips, bird feeding tips, and then go on a hike to find birds. Some binoculars and birding books will be on loan for the event; bring your own if you have them.

Ages: All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Fee: FREE!  Free Park Entry Day

Is pre-registartion required? No

Buffalo Bill Ranch SRA

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Omaha

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Birding Hike at Heron Haven

Heron Haven 

11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Education team in a birding hike at Heron Haven! Binoculars provided! Dress appropriately for the weather and we will see you there! NOTE- the nature center is closed so there is no access to restrooms!

Ages: All Ages

Fee: FREE!

No pre-registration required.

Nebraska Wildlife Rehab

Omaha

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Warbler Walk

Lauritzen Gardens

100 Bancroft St, Omaha

9:00 am to 11:30 am

23 different warblers have been spotted at Lauritzen Gardens. Warblers are beautiful little birds that migrate up the Missouri River in the spring. In celebration of Nebraska Migratory Bird Month, director of conservation Jim Locklear will lead a walking tour of Lauritzen Gardens that will highlight the natural history of these captivating travelers.

Ages: All Ages

Fee: $5/member $15/non-member 

Is pre-registartion required? Yes, Visit website to Register.

Registration Deadline: May 1st, 2021

Lauritzen Gardens

Ponca

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Ponca State Park Celebrates Migratory Bird Day and Nebraska Bird Month

Ponca State Park

88090 Spur 26 E, Ponca

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join us all day for birding programs, visit our wildlife viewing areas, and explore the park looking for the wide variety of birds passing through and living at Ponca State Park. Full schedule will be posted at the park and on Facebook: Ponca State Park NE.

Ages: All Ages, Families.

Fee: Free with valid State Park Permit. 

Is pre-registration required? Yes. Resource and Education Center on the day of the event.

Registration Deadline: May 8th, 2021

Ponca State Park

Scottsbluff

Saturday, May 15th. 2021

Birds of Nebraska

Riverside Discovery Center

1600 South Beltline Highway West, Scottsbluff

10:00 am to 6:00 pm 

Due to Covid. This year explorer packs, "Birds of Nebraska" will be available to purchase in the zoo gift shop. Packs include a workbook, hands-on activities, crafts, fun giveaway surprises, snack,s and juice box. Packs with a drawstring backpack are $17.99 (zoo members) and $19.99 (non zoo members). Explorer Packs without the drawstring backpacks are $8 for members and $12 for non zoo members. We can ship packs to anyone as well, please call the zoo giftshop at 308-630-6236 for more information.   We may be having an in-person event but it depends on how Covid cases look in the community. Please call the zoo gift shop 308-630-6236 to varify. Thank you!     

Ages: All Ages

Fee: Regular Admission Applies 

Is pre-registartion required? No

Riverside Discovery Center

Tecumseh

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Call of the Wild

Near Tecumseh. Address will be provided upon registration. 

5:45 am to 10:00 am

Listen to the calls of the wild during a drive or hike while recording bird observations in the Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Call of the Wild. Species of interest for this weekend are: Upland Game Birds—Greater Prairie Chickens, Sharp-tail Grouse, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Ring-neck Pheasant. These birds are currently in their breeding season where grouse will be gathered lekking (breeding ground hotspots), and male pheasant and quail will be claiming their territory vocally.  Private landowner and Nebraska Master Naturalist Dan Leuenberger, extends a special invitation to the public to his man-made lek and restored prairie during the Call of the Wild. Just outside of Tecumseh in Johnson County, participants will meet at 5:45am (early birds see more birds!) to learn more about Dan’s conservation success on his site, listen to the morning whistles of bobwhites, and identify other grassland songbirds that call Dan’s habitat restoration project home. The tour will conclude at 10am. Instructions on how to get to the site will be sent out to registered participants only.

Ages: All Ages

Fee: FREE!!

Is pre-registration required? Yes, May 10th

REGISTER HERE

Contact: Holly Mauslein  

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever of Nebraska

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