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in their backyards and beyond
Connecting birders with birds for 25 years
Why Go Birding In Nebraska? 
Sandhill Cranes on Platte River
The spring bird migration in Nebraska is world class and unmatched on the North American Continent. From more than 30 species of shorebirds, hundreds of species of songbirds, thousands of White Pelicans, hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, millions of waterfowl and Snow Geese, Golden and Bald Eagles, Osprey, Trumpeter Swans and so many more there is no place to go birding like Nebraska. Nebraska is also a stop over for the only remaining naturally occurring wild flock of highly endangered Whooping Cranes numbering less than 290 birds.  From Crane festivals, Prairie Chicken festivals, White Pelican festivals, and so many other birding events, activities, celebrations and conferences, let the Wild Bird Habitat Stores keep you informed about how to enjoy the spring bird migration across Nebraska more.
CHECKOUT BIRDING NEBRASKA WEBSITES IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Crane Dance
Sandhill Crane Viewing 101
From Lincoln and the surrounding area its an easy day-trip to view the Sandhill Crane Migration. Let Dave at Wild Bird Habitat help plan your day trip complete with maps, route, and what to look for. Pack a lunch or grab a bite to eat in Kearney. Its as easy as 1-2-3 and you'll see thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Recommendations for lodging, cranes blinds and more available for an extended overnight trip. Don't miss this world class bird migration.


47th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival
March 16 - 19, 2017
Kearney, Nebraska
Audubon Nebraska is proud to host the 47rd Annual Sandhills Crane Festival. Gather with wildlife enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the annual migration of more than 500,000 Sandhill Cranes and millions of waterfowl through central Nebraska. Get more information about this family event, or register at
Nebraska Crane Festival or call Nebraska Audubon at (402) 797-2301    
CHECKOUT THE BIRD OF THE MONTH
the SANDHILL CRANE IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Dave
Dave's March Bird Chatter
February of 2017 was a great month for viewing Bald Eagles. Many will remain in Nebraska to nest. Others only pass through stopping to feed on winter fish kills and loaf in the trees during the day. Those that continue north will follow the Snow Geese preying on the ones that are sick or injured. Lincoln's resident Bald Eagles have constructed a new nest and the male and female have been spotted on it. In their fourth breeding season on the edge of the city these eagles probably remained close to their nesting site all winter since Salt and Little Salt Creeks rarely freeze providing a reliable food source.
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ARNIE'S CORNER
If you notice any of these signs of dental
ARNIE
problems, then take your dog to the vet:
  • Bad breath.
  • Change in eating or dog chewing habits.
  • Pawing at the face or mouth.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Discolored, teeth.
Avoid these problems -  Give your dog GREENIES
 
# 1 Vet Recommended
Dental Chew for Dogs & Cats
For all size dogs
 
 
Arnie's Pet Foods located inside
Wild Bird Habitat Store / Alamo Plaza
56th & Hwy 2, Lincoln, NE

Check out our full line of all natural 5 star rated dog & cat foods
For complete nutrition for you dog visit Arnies

 WHERE TO GO BIRDING IN NEBRASKA
A top North American Birding Area
Nebraska Birding Trails

Listing more than 400 bird watching sites across the state of Nebraska. From the Missouri River Valley to the panhandle's rugged Pine Ridge, you'll find world class bird watching, scenic vistas, and a remarkable Nebraska Heritage around every corner.  nebraskabirdingtrails.com
 
 
Nebraska Metro Birding
Bird watching in seven counties in Eastern Nebraska. Find birding sites right out your backdoor in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties. nebraskametrobirding.com
 
Central Nebraska, one of the major migratory routes on the continent. From Sandhill Cranes to Prairie Chickens, shore birds to prairie dog towns, it's an incredible journey you don't want to miss. nebraskaflyway.com 
Chicken Dance Trail

Chicken Dance Birding Trail, 27 counties in Southwestern Nebraska 
Birding in South Central & South Western Nebraska.  chickendancetrail.com.


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OLLI BIRDING 101 - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Learn the essentials of birding, bird identification, and where to go birding in this year's "Birding 401" offered by OLLI, UNL's Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute. The six weekly classes include 5 field trips to view migratory  birds at nearby locations. Classes begin April 8. Phone: 472-6265 or go to olli@unl.edu for more information. 

Instructors::
Dan Wheeler, Emeritus Professor, Ag Leadership, Education & Communication, UNL and  Dave Titterington  of the, Wild Bird Habitat Store
Did You Check out DAVE'S  BIRD CHATTER for March?
Bird of the Month

Sandhill Crane

 
The Sandhill Cranes survived and adapted as the prairies developed some 14,000 years ago. They witnessed the prehistoric mammals replaced by the American Bison, Pronghorn Antelope, and elk. And in just the last 150 years have further adapted to the influences of man along with the introduction of cattle, row crops, and sprawling urban communities. 
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Hosted by Calamus Outfitters and 
the Gracie Creek Landowners near  
Burwell / Taylor, Nebraska 
April 7-9, 2017. 

For information visit:
or call (308) 346-4697

Birding events, ranch tours, 
Prairie Chick and Sharp-tailed Grouse viewing 
and much more
Prairie Chicken Viewing in Nebraska

Harlan County White Pelican Watch
March 1 - April 15
Harlan County Reservoir, Alma, Nebraska
White Pelican Homecoming Celebration
March 28 - April 5
Alma, Nebraska
 
  Area residents know spring is just around the corner when the American White Pelicans begin returning from their winter feeding grounds along the U.S. Gulf Coast to take up temporary residence at Harlan County Reservoir. Arrival dates can be as early as late February up through early April. Get more information at:   harlantourism.org 

 

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The official news of the Pioneers Park Nature Center listing all events, programs, camps & classes.
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MERLIN BIRD PHOTO ID

Photo ID now in mobile apps

A new advanced version of the Photo ID tool is now available for download in the latest version of Merlin Bird ID for Android and iPhone. Select an image from your smartphone image gallery or snap a shot from the back of your cameras viewfinder, and Merlin will walk you through the 2 quick steps before showing you a list of possible species.



Learn more at PHOTO ID

Also the Merlin Bird ID app at MERLIN

Want to know what birds birders are seeing in your area?
Want to let other birders know what birds you see?

Its fun and easy at 
 
SPRING MIGRATION ISSUE CONTINUES IN
WILD BIRD HABITAT'S APRIL NEWSLETTER
Coming this Spring
3rd Annual
Nebraska's International Migratory Bird Month
Watch for birding events, activities, bird walks, and more coming in May 2017. Learn more and view the calendar of birding events at


Let us know about your spring birding activities for May, 2017
If you have a birding event, activity, program, meeting or presentation anywhere in Nebraska during the month of May, we want to know and we'll post it on the Nebraska Bird Month website 


Just contact Lindsay Rogers, lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov at Nebraska Game & Parks to have your event added to the "EVENTS LIST" on the Nebraska International Migratory Bird Month website at   nebraskabirdmonth.org .


Special Offer for Students and Teachers 
Save 40% on Thayer's Birds of North America v7

One of the main reasons I created Thayer's Birds of North America was to help kids become as fascinated with birds and nature as I was when I was their age.

In an effort to get more kids hooked on birds and birding, we have decided to cut the price of our software by 40% for all students (any grade). This offer can also be used by their teachers or folks ordering a copy for a student as a gift.

To take advantage of this, just visit www.ThayerBirding.com and enter the promotional code STUDENT when ordering. Once you do this the price will be discounted by 40%. You may want to forward this email to others that would be interested in this special offer.

Thayer's Birds of North America covers the 989 bird species in the continental U.S. and Canada. It features over 6,500 color photos, 1,500 songs, 550 videos and 700 quizzes. You can look at just the birds of your state or province by clicking the "Filter" button. The ID Wizard lets you identify a bird - even if you do not know the name. Just enter the color, size, habitat and a few other things and see images of all the birds that match! The program is available for either Windows computers or Mac computers.
Learn more about this amazing software... watch our YouTube Videos.

Environmentally Friendly Bird Feeders
Birds Choice Recycled Feeders
Although the durability and natural look of cedar bird feeders continue to be preferred, the new line of feeders made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic is gaining in popularity. Many of these bird feeders have a lifetime warranty against fading, pealing, cracking, and chipping. They clean up like brand new, even after years of use. And speak of easy cleaning, many of the cedar and recycled plastic feeders we stock have removable perforated steel bottoms. This also allows moisture to pass through and the seed to remain dry.
 

Made in the USA
 
Wild Bird Habitat Stores
recipients of the 2015
Best U.S. Birding Retailer
from the
Gold Crest & the Bird Feeding Industry
Nutra Safflower for Goldfinch
Nyjer thistle seed has traditionally been the preferred seed of the American Goldfinch. The cost of Nyjer seed can vary greatly as it is a product imported to North America from India and Ethiopia and they set the price, and the price is rising once again. Nyjer is an oil seed which is why it is enjoyed so much by finches. In countries where it is grown this seed is crushed and used for cooking oil, much as in North America we crush black oil sunflower and safflower seed for cooking oil.

At Wild Bird Habitat Store we have received many reports and have had personal experience that Goldfinch readily feed on Nutra Safflower seed. In fact they may prefer it over Nyjer thistle seed. This could be a great alternative to supplementing Nyjer thistle seed for attracting Goldfinch. One benefit of Nutra Safflower is that this is a product grown by American farmers.

Nutra Safflower is available in 20 and 50 pound bags at the Wild Bird Habitat Store locations or by bulk quantity.

Internet customers can order Nutra Safflower seed on line. Although Wild Bird Habitat Stores Internet store offers free shipping on orders over $100, there is no free shipping on wild bird feeds. That allows us to keep our Internet wild bird feed prices low.   Order Nutra Safflower on line.

 

Peanut Feeders - A picture is worth a thousand words
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Downy feeding young
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
photos by Dave of Wild Bird Habitat

Check out Wild Bird Habitat's Peanut Feeders

 

Caged Peanut Feeders - Feed woodpeckers not squirrels & starlings
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
photos by Dave of Wild Bird Habitat

Check out Wild Bird Habitat's Peanut Feeders

 

Best Woodpecker Suet Plugs

Attractor High Energy Suet Plugs available at 
the Wild Bird Habitat Stores

  • Roasted Peanut Attractor Plugs
    P-Nutbutter Logs
    Suet Log w/WP
  • Pure Attractor Plugs
  • Sunflower Attractor Plugs
  • No-Melt Peanut Butter Attractor Plugs
By the pack or by the case, woodpeckers love 'em



Nebraska Birding Trails
Nebraska Birding Trails Website 
Has a New Look
The Nebraska Birding Trails was developed in 2003 listing more than 400 birding sites across Nebraska. Chaired by Dave Titterington of Nebraska's Wild Bird Habitat Stores with members of the Nebraska Bird Partnership's Birding Trails Work-group which was comprised of members from government agencies, the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Travel and Tourism, Nebraska Ornithologists Union, and conservation groups and individual birders, it was an immediate success. Recently the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with the help of Nebraska Educational Television revised the Nebraska Birding Trails website to give it a new look and make navigation locating birding sites easier. We hope you check it out at: 

NEBRASKA BIRDING TRAILS 

Two other websites developed by the Educational Work-group of the Nebraska Bird Partnership have also been revised. 

PROJECT BEAK
Project Beak
Project BEAK is an interactive, web-based curriculum that contains scientifically accurate information about avian conservation, avian form, function and other adaptations that help birds survive, Nebraska's unique avian biodiversity, Nebraska's threatened and endangered birds, plus video clips, interactive games, quizzes and diagrams, additional resources and links, and classroom lesson plans. 

This website is devoted to helping Nebraskans and visitors identify and learn about the over 400 species of birds which can be found in our state.  Are you trying to identify a bird you saw?  Use "search by characteristics", where you can search by size, color, range, and habitat. Or, you can search or browse the full Nebraska bird list by common name, scientific name, or bird group.

 Where to go  Birding in Nebraska
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(402) 464-4055
Alamo Plaza Store
(402) 420-2553
Wild Bird Habitat Store

South Lincoln, NE location
5601 South 56th Street
In the Alamo Plaza

      North Lincoln, NE location
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