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“Fall Field Days at Valentine” from Nebraska Bird Review (December 2009) 77(4).
Fall Field Days were held in Valentine September 25–27, 2009, with 65 participants registered for the weekend. Dave Heidt organized the meeting and led field trips to Cherry County lakes and marshes. Trips to Smith Falls and along the Niobrara River in Keya Paha and Brown Counties were guided by Mark Brogie. Lanny Randolph led trips to the Ft. Niobrara NWR and the Valentine Fish Hatchery. A total of 133 species was tallied.
On Friday evening Dan Leger, Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, gave an impromptu presentation on the microphones and recording equipment he uses to record bird vocalizations in his research. On Saturday evening, Kent Skaggs of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary south of Gibbon spoke on what is being done to maintain and improve habitat along the Platte River for Sandhill Cranes, geese, ducks, and other birds. Due to reduced water flow in the river, mechanical clearing is necessary to maintain the wide channels and open sandbars that cranes prefer. Yearly mowing and disking to remove woody plants and invasive species such as purple loosestrife and phragmites is also necessary. Jill Liske-Clark gave a brief account of the activities of the Nebraska Partnership for All Bird Conservation. A business meeting was held to vote on changes to the Bylaws.