Friday, December 24, 2010
Eagles at J2 and Christmas Bird counting
I went over to the J2 power plant near Lexington, NE last year to view eagles. It really is a great thing to see. Be sure to bring binoculars. Press release below:
Date: Dec. 14, 2010
Contact: Jeff Buettner, Communications Officer
Phone: (308) 995-8601
Central's Eagle-viewing Facilities to Open for Season on Dec. 26
(HOLDREGE, Neb.) -- The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will once again provide eagle-watching opportunities to the public this winter.
Central's eagle-viewing facilities at the Johnson No. 2 (J-2) hydroelectric plant near Lexington and in a freestanding building below Kingsley Dam will be open on Sunday, Dec. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 2. Thereafter, the facilities will be open each weekend through mid-February.
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J-2 will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., CST. The hydroplant is located south of Lexington near the intersection of county roads 749 and 750. The Kingsley Dam facility at Lake McConaughy will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., MST.
A limited number of binoculars are available at the facilities, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own viewing equipment.
Central has been providing eagle-viewing opportunities at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam since 1990. The eagles are attracted to feed on fish in the open water below the plants, particularly when rivers and lakes in the area are covered with ice.
Several factors influence the number of eagles seen from the facilities on any given day, including climatic conditions, ice coverage on area bodies of water, how many eagles are wintering in the area, and whether the hydroplants are on-line. The best viewing time is normally earlier in the day. There is no charge to visit the facilities.
For more information about eagles and viewing opportunities, visit Central's Web page at www.cnppid.com or call (308) 995-8601.
Each year Audubon sponsors a Christmas bird count. Here's a link to find one near you.
Posted by Brad at 9:21 AM