You could make the case that not all the water that flows out of the Pacific Northwest goes to Pacific Ocean, some of the eastern water follows Lewis and Clark's path through Nebraska. That must be why I love the PNW so much. I have a nephew who lives in Oregon and on a trip to the Mount Rainier Scenic RR I fell in love with Washington State. Nebraska and the Missouri River Valley has a diverse population of birds and wildlife. Birds in particular. 200 miles west of Omaha is the Sandhill Crane flyway. In what I consider the Omaha area are 3 lakes that were formed at various times by changes in the Missouri River flow pattern. We call them Oxbow lakes, but north south bird traffic is quite a sight. Eagles stay around most of the year, Pelicans, Swans, Snow geese, Canada geese. Many species of ducks pass through in the spring and fall. There is also a network of creeks in eastern Ne with walking trails along side. Fox, Mink, Black Squirrels, Skunks which are fun to avoid on the bike trail in the dark, Deer, Woodchuck are common. Our city birds are Cardinals, Bluejay, Junco, Goldfinch, Purple Finch and you could spend hours classifying the different Sparrows. Here are some pics of eagle and Snow geese from the first part of this year and late 2017.
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