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Nebraska Migratory Bird Month

Nebraska Bird Month is a month-long celebration of birds, bird watching and bird migration. Across the state of Nebraska, bird conservation groups, community organizations, families and individuals all come together to share their love of birds and celebrate their importance. Nebraska Bird Month is a statewide invite to those bird loving groups to host a bird-related event any time during the month of May to increase awareness and appreciation of our feathered friends. These events aim to educate, inspire and empower all Nebraskans to conserve and protect our bird populations.

For more information or to find a birding event near you, visit the Nebraska Bird Month website.

How to Get Involved

Looking to get involved in helping Nebraska celebrate birds? Any individual, group, or organization can participate. Our goal has always been to have Nebraska Bird Month events happening throughout the month of May and across our diverse state.

Events

One of the greatest things about birds is how easy and common it is to see them just about every day in every habitat across the country. Because of this accessibility, birds can serve as a great bridge between people and nature, and inspiring everyone from children and adults to feel connected and excited about the natural world. From Breakfast and Birds on Mother’s Day or a birding by ear hike to Birds and Brews or Fashion a Feeder, there is probably an event at a location near you. You can find a list of all registered events at the Nebraska Bird Month website.

If you have an event to add, please contact Jamie Bachmann at jamie.bachman@nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Bird Month BirdBlitz

The Nebraska Bird-Month BirdBlitz is similar to a bioblitz, which is an event where community members work to identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a designated period of time. Simply go outside, look for birds, take a picture of the bird and record the sound of the bird’s call using the iNaturalist App. You can participate in this community science project anywhere in the state. When you go to iNaturalist, be sure to select the “Nebraska Bird Month 2021 BirdBlitz” project. It’s that easy!

The History behind Nebraska Bird Month

For the Love of Birds

In the U.S., the beginnings of bird conservation began in the late 1800’s and continues today. Public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird conservation. Every day people who are enthusiastic about birds, informed about threats, and empowered to become involved in addressing those threats, can make a tremendous contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations.

International Migratory Bird Day

In 1993 the first International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) was started, and has since been celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May. Creating an entire day dedicated to migrating birds comes from the idea that people protect what they know and what they love. This is what IMBD is all about, a chance for conservationists, natural resource agencies, families and individuals to celebrate birds and bird migration.

Because Nebraska is home to over 400 amazing bird species, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wanted to bring IMBD to Nebraska in a big way. In 2015 Nebraska Game and Parks partnered with the Wild Bird Habitat Store, a Lincoln based company, to establish the entire month of May as Nebraska Bird Month.