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Date of this Version

January 2000


Published in Contributions to the History of North American Ornithology, Volume II, edited by William E. Davis, Jr., and Jerome A. Jackson (Cambridge, MA: Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2000), pp. 347–371. Copyright © 2000 Nuttall Ornithological Club. Used by permission.


The Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union celebrated its centennial year during 1999. During more than 65 years it has published a quarterly journal, the Nebraska Bird Review, and has also published several proceedings of annual meetings as well as special or “occasional” publications. During this same century one native Nebraska bird species (Passenger Pigeon) has become extinct, another (Eskimo Curlew) has possibly become extinct, and at least 15 species apparently have been extirpated as breeding species in the state. Additionally at least seven species have begun breeding successfully in the state, either through purposeful or accidental human efforts, or by range expansion and associated self-introduction. Several species have also managed to re-establish themselves after near extirpation or severe population decline.

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