Nebraska is brimming with a variety of natural areas and wonderful birds. The following 20 sites showcase the state’s best birding opportunities from the tallgrass prairies in the east to the Pine Ridge in the west.
Nebraska’s tallgrass prairie ecoregion covers the eastern fourth of the state and consists mainly of rolling hills bisected by the stream valleys of the Republican, Platte, Loup, and Niobrara rivers. We recommend visiting these eight spots to experience birding in the tallgrass prairie ecoregion.
The Nebraska Sandhills represents the largest natural ecosystem in the state, covering 19,300 square miles, or almost a quarter of the state. It is also one of the largest remaining intact native grassland ecosystems in the country. We recommend visiting these four spots to experience birding in Nebraska’s Sandhills.