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    Birds of the Rainwater Basin

    Pintail ducks are just one of the bird species you can see at Rainwater Basin. Click on the link for full list.

    RWB Bird list 2011

  • Light Goose Conservation Order Season

    The Light Goose Conservation Order started February 9 and runs through April 5, 2015. Only two WPAs are open to hunting during this Order: Harvard and Cottonwood WPA. See the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's waterfowl hunting page for more information.

    Nebraska Waterfowl Hunting Page

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    Burrowing Owls Videos

    Have you seen the Burrowing Owl videos lately? Learn about Burrowing Owls and then check out our video page for the clips.

    Burrowing Owls

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    Restoration Update

    In order to provide suitable habitat for waterfowl in the Rainwater Basin, occasional heavy restoration work must be completed.

    Restoration Work

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    Rainwater Basin WMD Facebook page

District's Vision

Vision for the District

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The Rainwater Basin provides critical habitat for millions of migratory birds. The basin’s name reflects both the basis of its wetland hydrology and natural precipitation cycles. A network of functioning wetland and prairie plant ecosystems provides a native grassland mosaic that gives the local community a sense of pride and connection to the Great Plains flora and fauna. The lands managed by the wetland management district serve as an example of land stewardship mimicking natural processes, and they provide an array of wildlife-dependent educational and recreational opportunities. It is only through partnerships with individuals, agencies, and organizations that this vision can be achieved and maintained.

Endangered Species

Endangered Species

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The Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District plays a vital role in the restoration and preservation of essential migration habitat that supports approximately 300 remaining wild Whooping Cranes during their spring and fall migrations.

Whooping Crane Profile

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Items of Interest

  • 2015 Spring Migration Report

    March 11, 2015

    This PDF shows an estimation of the migrating bird population. Weather conditions have an impact on numbers of birds mainly due to lack of open water with abundant food sources.

    2015 Spring Migration Numbers
  • What WPAs are being pumped?

    March 13, 2015

    The Rainwater Basin WMD is planning on pumping water in to the the following WPAs this spring: West - Clark, Cottonwood, Funk, Gleason, Jensen, Johnson. Jones, Lindua, Peterson, Prairie Dog, Quadhamer, Youngson. East - Eckhardt, Hansen, Hultine, Krause, Mallard Haven, Moger.

    2015 Spring Pumping
  • Hours of Operation

    Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District Office is open Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM except for Federal Holidays. Waterfowl Production Areas are open sunrise to sunset. Please feel free to call us with questions at 308-263-3000.

  • Record your bird sightings on eBird

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    See an interesting bird on one of the Waterfowl Production Area. Record your sighting on eBird. "eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence."

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Doug Steinke - Banner Photo - Redhead (Used with Permission)
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015
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