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John Dinan, "1996 Survey of Bald and Golden Eagles in Nebraska," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1996) 64(1).


Copyright 1996, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


John Dinan, Nongame Bird Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 2200 N. 33rd st., Lincoln, NE 68503-0370 (phone: 402/471-0641; Fax: 402/471-5528), supplied the results of the 1990 (January 3-15) Bald and Golden Eagle surveys. Nine organizations and twenty-one individuals participated in the survey.

Conditions for 1996 survey: Temperatures 10 to 50 0 F. The Niobrara River had 70 to 100% ice cover, while the unchannelized portion of the Missouri River was mostly open. The channelized portion of the Missouri was open but had floating ice. The Platte River had 50 to 90 % ice cover; the South Platte, 30 to 80 %; and the North latte was only 10 % ice-covered west of the Bridgeport area, but 50 to 90 % ice-covered east of there. The Loup River was 50 to 90 % ice-covered. Most lakes and reservoirs were 95 to 100 % ice-covered except for Lake McConaughy, which had 30% ice cover.