New State Website Is For The Birds

May 5, 2022, 2 p.m. ·

Bird Watching
A new website from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission provides a guide for birdwatching in the state / Courtesy NGPC

People picked up a lot of hobbies during the pandemic, many of which got people outside in the fresh air.

One of those hobbies is birdwatching or 'birding'. People picked up binoculars and cameras to check out the winged wildlife in the state.

To help promote the hobby, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has debuted a new website -

The website features 80 public access sites for birding with information on location, amenities, trails, and what types of birds you may see during different times of the year.

Olivia Darugna is a Watchable Wildlife Biologist with the commission.

She says most people know about Nebraska's famous Sandhill cranes, but there are a lot of other birds to see as well in the state.

"There's also opportunities to observe prairie chickens and sharped-tailed grouse," she said. "There's locations where you can see both eastern and western species. There's just amazing and unique birding opportunities around the state."

Darugna says the commission hopes the website will attract more people to enjoy Nebraska's birds and their natural habitats.