Harlan White Pelican Watch 2016
March 1 - April 15, 2016 - View the American White Pelican Spring Migration
at the Harlan County Reservoir in south-central Nebraska
Pelican Homecoming Celebration Special Events:
Spring Kick-off Event: Polar Plunge - Patterson Harbor Marina - South side of the lake; March 19; 308-799-4600. (If the pelicans can get in that icy water, so can we…maybe!)
Paradise on the Prairie Art and Photography Show and Silent Auction – March 25-April 1 (closed Mar. 27, Easter); Alma Johnson Center, 509 Main St; artist and public reception April 1, 5-6 p.m.; auction closes 6 p.m. April 1. Sponsored by the Harlan County Arts Council. Free admission. Also student art show on display, sponsored by the Harlan County Journal, using recycled newspapers to create art.
Four Days of Poetic Nights – Alma Johnson Center, 7:30 p.m. daily, Mar. 29-Apr. 1, all events free:
March 29: Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen presents “For the Love of Words: Poetry, Prose and the Creative Writing Process”, a workshop for would-be writers. Students and adults welcome.
March 30: Don Welch, winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and retired Reynolds Professor of Literature at UNK, will read from his work.
March 31: Matt Mason, Pushcart Prize winner, 5-time team member at the National Poetry Slam, and director of “Louder than a Bomb: Omaha Youth Poetry Festival,” will read from his work.
April 1: Matt and Kids: after two days spent working with local school students, Matt Mason and the students will gather to read their work for the public.
Alma Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling – April 8 - 5-7:30 p.m.; stores stay open late; business booths and meal at auditorium, wagon rides, free drawings.
PLUS - World-class, free, easily self-guided lake, river & prairie birding year-round - trail and site maps available on our website or by mail.
Free Birding Boat Tours!
Morning and afternoon launch times available daily, March 25 - April 2 (weather permitting).
Sponsored by the Harlan County Lake Association for visiting birders.
Must register in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-762-5498
Species list from a previous March 28 birding boat tour:
Snow Goose 34, Canada Goose 12, Wood Duck 8, Gadwall 125, American Wigeon 45, Mallard 1250, Blue-winged Teal 75, Cinnamon Teal 1 drake with possible Cinnamon Teal hen, Northern Shoveler 275, Northern Pintail 750, Green-winged Teal 175, Bufflehead 1, Ruddy Duck 3, Ring-necked Pheasant 2, Double-crested Cormorant 675, American White Pelican 550, Great Blue Heron 36 (rookery of 25+ nests), Turkey Vulture 35, Northern Harrier 1, Bald Eagle 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Coot 28, Killdeer 8, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Wilson's Snipe 3, Franklin's Gull 6, Ring-billed Gull 42, Eurasian Collared-Dove 2, Mourning Dove 4, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, American Kestrel 1, Eastern Phoebe 2, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 6, Tree Swallow 13, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, American Robin 16, European Starling 9, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2, Song Sparrow 17, Northern Cardinal 2, Red-winged Blackbird 75, Common Grackle 50, Brown-headed Cowbird 3, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 8, House Sparrow 7
- list courtesy of T.J. Walker, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
posted on January 18, 2016