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Wildlife Viewing

Nebraska is blessed with abundant, diverse wildlife and habitat. Nebraska is a biological crossroads of North America where prairie meets ponderosa pine forests, where wetlands speckle the landscape and more than 23,000 miles of rivers and streams ribbon through the landscape. The vast grasslands of the Sandhills stretch the imagination to recall pioneer days, while the Pine Ridge escarpments tower over the landscape. Nebraska is the place where plant and wildlife communities of different regions meet, giving the state a rich diversity of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Watchable wildlife

Explore tips for watchable wildlife opportunities across the state:
Birds
Butterflies
Mammals
Reptiles & Amphibians

How to watch wildlife

Observing wildlife in nature is a rewarding experience that requires little more than patience. However, investing in (or borrowing) the right equipment and following a few key tips will help make your wildlife watching excursion as successful as it can be.
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Where to watch wildlife

Nebraska is a biological crossroads of North America where prairie meets ponderosa pine forests, where wetlands speckle the landscape and over 23,000 miles of rivers and streams ribbon through the landscape. The vast grasslands of the Sandhills stretches the imagination to pioneer days while the pine ridge escarpments tower over the landscape. Nebraska is the place where plant and wildlife communities of different regions meet, giving the state a rich diversity of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Birding by park areas
Rainwater Basin
Nebraska wetlands

Wildlife viewing timeline

Wildlife watchers can find something to observe all year round. The following is a month-by-month guide to viewing some of Nebraska’s most popular species to observe.
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Watchable wildlife grants

This granting opportunity seeks to help develop watchable wildlife and nature based experiences in Nebraska. The intent of these grants are to help people build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources through experience. Potential projects include viewing site development, events, infrastructure, equipment and plan development. Funding is provided by the Wildlife Conservation Fund.
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Monarch Waystations

Monarch waystations are areas that provide all of the necessary resources for monarch, as well as other, butterflies to produce several generations and sustain their migration. Monarchs rely on milkweeds, any of several species, throughout the spring and summer during their breeding seasons and would not be able to produce successive generations to aid in their fall migration. Monarchs also require a variety of nectar producing flowers that bloom throughout spring, summer and fall to also aid in their migration to Mexico. Having host plants as well as nectar producing plants for adults applies to monarch population’s world-wide.
Nebraska Native Plants
Nebraska’s Milkweed