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"Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Winter Meeting, Kearney, Nebraska," in Nebraska Bird Review (June 1992) 60(2): 71-72.
About 30 people attended the meeting at the Ramada Inn on February 28-29 and March 1, 1992. On Friday evening, hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed while watching videos on the snowy owl, golden eagle, and identification of waterfowl.
The weather was unusually mild through the weekend, with temperatures in the 70-to-80-degree range. An early morning field trip to Rowe Sanctuary provided a fantastic show of Sandhill Cranes, geese, ducks, and Bald Eagles. Field trips were made to other birding spots on Saturday and Sunday mornings. A total of 63 species was seen in eight counties. The list of species is given at the end of this report.
There was a papers session on Saturday afternoon, with presentations by John Dinan (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission); Norma Johnson-Mueller, NOU President; Thomas Labedz, NOU Librarian; Gary Lingle (Platte River Trust); and John Sidle (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). The papers were well received, and comments were made to have such presentations at future meetings. After the banquet on Saturday evening, Gary Lingle showed an excellent 1976 film provided by the Platte River Trust on the Whooping Cranes called "Great White Bird." The 16mm movie was made by the National Film Board of Canada and gave a detailed account of efforts to save this species from extinction. The bird tally and door prizes closed the meeting at noon on Sunday.