With its 1,250 nests, Wolf Island and its population is the first major American white pelican nesting colony in Nebraska.
Fall sunshine and scenery should lure people outside this weekend. After a chance of rain on Friday, the weather should be sunny into early ne…
LINCOLN (AP) — An unusual number of migrating white pelicans apparently like what they found in Lincoln as they migrate north: a well-stocked lake.
“We estimate there’s probably 300 different species that migrate through the area,’’ said Carol Schlegel, the tourism director for McCook and Red Willow County. “There are a lot of options for birding.’’
Just as hundreds of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes flock to central Nebraska’s Platte River each spring, American white pelicans descend on Harlan County Lake by the hundreds and thousands.
More than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on the Platte River Valley during their migration, a phenomenon estimated to contribute more than $10.3 million to Nebraska's economy every year. The state now wonders whether it would pay off to promote tourism focused on other avian species.
There is plenty to see for bird watchers as the great spring migration travels through Nebraska. Every year, thousands of American white pelicans return to Nebraska lakes and reservoirs as they migrate through the state from their wintering grounds along the U.S. Gulf Coast. While here the birds gather in large groups to feed – watching the birds work together herding schools of fish to gather them in their large bills is a sight to see.
American White Pelicans, state soccer and presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney all come to the region in the World-Herald Week…