Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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Peyton & Knaggs, "Bald Eagle Counts at Two Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District Facilities," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1997) 65(1).


Copyright 1997, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Since 1988, the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (Central) has provided free access to the public at its Johnson #2 (J-2) Hydroelectric Plant south of Lexington, Dawson County, and the use of spotting scopes and binoculars to view Bald Eagles foraging and perching along the tailrace of the plant. Central also provided a small trailer from 1990-95 for viewing Bald Eagles near the outlet of the Kingsley Hydroelectric Plant at Lake Ogallala in Keith County. In 1996, Central completed construction of a permanent viewing facility at this location. Central provides personnel at both locations to answer questions and provide assistance with the viewing scopes. These individuals also conducted daily eagle surveys from these locations.


Central personnel, using binoculars and/or spotting scopes, counted the number of Bald Eagles visible from each viewing site. Counts were made at 8:00 a.m. local time, noting age of the birds and weather conditions at the time of the counts.