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
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.
In order to provide suitable habitat for waterfowl in the Rainwater Basin, occasional heavy restoration work must be completed.
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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.
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
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
Items of Interest
- February 26, 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
- February 26, 2014
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
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.
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."eBird
Prescribed burning is used to remove old vegetative growth, release nutrients back to the soil, decrease woody and other invasive and undesirable plant species, increase warm season grasses and forbs, and reduce the amount of organic matter (litter) on the soil surface.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Doug Steinke - Banner Photo - Redhead (Used with Permission)
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015