Next NOU Meeting

May 17-19, 2019 at Fairbury

Registration Form (print and mail)

Join your friends at NOU photo by Janis Paseka © Janis Paseka Grab your bins and come to Fairbury May 17, 18 and 19. Jefferson County and southeastern Nebraska host many great birds just waiting for you to see. The Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union is planning the annual spring birding event and meeting at this time and place. Fairbury is just a little more than an hour southwest of Lincoln, two hours from Omaha and 1.5 hours from Manhattan, Kansas. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Pileated Woodpecker and many more good birds are possibilities in this part of the state. You do not need to be a member to attend. The event starts Friday evening when we will gather together at the 4-H building on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to share a light meal and grand stories about our birding adventures. There will be discussion about the field trips to be guided by expert birders. Our guides have generously volunteered to lead the field trips. There will also be a program by Jeff Bargar of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Jeff is the superintendent at Rock Creek State Historical Park. Starting at 7 a.m., our fearless guides will lead us to the best birding areas in and around Fairbury. Our field trip leaders will no doubt know of other great birding areas to show us. Sack lunches will be available for purchase. At the end of the day, we will get together again for the evening meal and a program by Joe Gubanyi. He will speak to us about the annualnightjar survey. Nightjars (also known as goatsuckers) include the Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chuck-wills-widow andCommon Poorwill. After his program, weather permitting, Joe hopes to take us out to do the survey with him. We may need to make a change of plans if a large number of people want to go out with Joe. By the way, Jefferson County is the only county in Nebraska where all four species of goatsuckers are known to occur in summer. Sunday morning, our field trip leaders will have one last chance to show you more cool birds in the area before reluctantly heading for home. -------------------------- LODGING INFORMATION Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 1503 K St (402) 587-5082 We have 30 rooms blocked out for the NOU. You must tell them you are with the NOU to get the special room rate of $86 plus tax, which includes a hot breakfast. The blocked rooms will be released on April 17, one month prior to our meeting. Capri Motel 1100 E 14th Street (402) 729-3317 We have 30 rooms blocked out for the NOU, so make sure to tell them you are with the NOU. Room rates range from $48 to $65 but there is NO breakfast. Camping is available at Crystal Spring Park, Alexandria State Recreation Area and Rock Creek State Historical Park.

You do not need to be an NOU member to attend!