Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Copyright 1983, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


The official registration for the eighty-second Annual Meeting, held in Lincoln 2022 May 1983, was 55. There was the usual slide show and get-together on Friday night, field trips Saturday morning (with demonstrations of bird banding), Saturday afternoon after the meeting, and Sunday morning. The practice of having talks was revived: Mark A. Brogie, Wayne, gave an illustrated talk on "Distribution of Birds of the Niobrara" and James Ducey, Omaha, did the same for "Breeding Status of the Interior Least Tern in Nebraska" before the business meeting. All officers were re-elected: Mrs. Ruth C. Green, Bellevue, President; Gary Lingle, Grand Island, Vice-president; Mrs. Emma Johnson, Omaha, Secretary; Mrs. Lona Shafer, Wood River, Treasurer; Dr. Neva Pruess, Lincoln, Librarian; and Dr. KG. Cortelyou, Omaha, Editor. It was also decided that the existing scale of dues should be carried forward for another year, with the help of the increased number of members. The 4-H camp at Halsey was selected for the Fall Field Day. At the banquet Gary Lingle, Grand Island, talked on "The Platte - Nebraska's River of Life", with slides and movie. The invitation of Doris Gates to hold the 1984 Annual Meeting in Chadron was accepted with pleasure.

The field trips covered Wilderness Park, Hickman lakes, Oak Lakes and Salt Creek, Pioneers Park and Chet Ager Nature Center, Epworth Park, Nine Mile Prairie, and Branched Oak Lake in Lancaster Co., Grandpa's Woods, north of Elmwood in Cass Co., and the Gilbert Farm, near Cedar Bluffs, Saunders Co. There were 103 species and a possible other reported from Lancaster Co., 6 (marked S) were reported only from Saunders Co., and 2 (marked C) were reported only from Cass Co; Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant; Least Bittern; Little Blue and Green-backed Herons; Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck, Turkey Vulture(S), Northern Harrier; Swainson's and Red-tailed Hawks; American Kestrel, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Bobwhite, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet; Spotted and Upland Sandpipers, Marbled Godwit; Semipalmated(S) and Baird's(S) Sandpipers; Dunlin(S); a bird too far away for positive identification whose actions and size indicated Dowitcher sp., Black Tern; Rock and Mourning Doves; Great Horned and Barred Owls; Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher; Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy(S) Woodpeckers; Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Arcadian, Willow, Least and Great Crested Flycatchers; Western and Eastern Kingbirds; Purple Martin; Tree, Northern Rough-winged, Bank, Cliff, and Barn Swallows; Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Whitebreasted Nuthatch, House Wren; Gray-cheeked, Swainson's, and Wood Thrushs; American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike, European Starling; Solitary(C), Warbling, and Red-eyed Vireos; Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, Magnolia(C), Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted(S), Blackpoll, and Black-and-white Warblers; American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel, Rufous-sided Towhee; Chipping, Clay-colored, Field, Grasshopper, Song, and Harris' Sparrows; Red-winged Blackbird; Eastern and Western Meadowlarks; Yellow-headed Blackbird; Great-tailed and Common Grackles; Brown-headed Cowbird; Orchard and Northern Orioles; American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.