Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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Roberson & Carratello, "First Record of Glaucous-Winged Gull for Nebraska," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1996) 64(1).


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


During Easter vacation in 1995, we visited the Western Great Plains in search of dancing prairie-chickens and grouse. We started in southeastern Colorado and planned on driving to the Bessey Division, Nebraska National Forest, where we had reservations at photo blinds. But at dawn on 10 April, a huge blizzard began howling and worsened during the drive through Kansas. By the time we reached western Nebraska, our excursion stalled at Ogallala when interstate 80 was closed due to high winds and snow. It was becoming apparent that we would not make it to our planned destination.