Birds of Rowe Sanctuary

Sandhill Cranes are what we are known for, but you can finds lots of other species of birds on Rowe Sanctuary throughout the year.  Below is a sample of what you can see on the sanctuary and the surrounding area, including our priority bird species.

Priority Bird Species

Rowe Sanctuary’s priority bird species are birds of significant conservation need, for which our targeted management actions can lead to improvement in status. Each of these species has been identified by Audubon and one or more of our conservation partners as declining or vulnerable to decline on or within the region of the Central Platte River. These species also represent each of the major habitat types present on the Sanctuary and can serve as indicators of the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.

Our priority species at present are (in alphabetical order) Bell's Vireo, Bobolink, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Interior Least Tern, Piping Plover, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper and Whooping Crane.  Two species that we hope will utilize the habitat at Rowe Sanctuary in the future are Greater Prairie-Chicken and Henslow's Sparrow.  For more information on these species, click on the Bird Cards below.

Downloadable Resources

Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

Illustration for Least Tern

Bell's Vireo

Latin:  Vireo bellii

Illustration for Bell's Vireo

Common Yellowthroat

Latin:  Geothlypis trichas

Illustration for Common Yellowthroat

Northern Cardinal

Latin:  Cardinalis cardinalis

Illustration for Northern Cardinal


Latin:  Spiza americana

Illustration for Dickcissel

Red-headed Woodpecker

Latin:  Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Illustration for Red-headed Woodpecker

Blue-winged Teal

Latin:  Spatula discors

Illustration for Blue-winged Teal

Grasshopper Sparrow

Latin:  Ammodramus savannarum

Illustration for Grasshopper Sparrow

Bald Eagle

Latin:  Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Illustration for Bald Eagle

Eastern Kingbird

Latin:  Tyrannus tyrannus

Illustration for Eastern Kingbird


Latin:  Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Illustration for Bobolink

Western Meadowlark

Latin:  Sturnella neglecta

Illustration for Western Meadowlark

Orchard Oriole

Latin:  Icterus spurius

Illustration for Orchard Oriole

Northern Bobwhite

Latin:  Colinus virginianus

Illustration for Northern Bobwhite

White-breasted Nuthatch

Latin:  Sitta carolinensis

Illustration for White-breasted Nuthatch

Sandhill Crane

Latin:  Antigone canadensis

Illustration for Sandhill Crane

Whooping Crane

Latin:  Grus americana

Illustration for Whooping Crane

American Goldfinch

Latin:  Spinus tristis

Illustration for American Goldfinch

Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

Illustration for Piping Plover

Eastern Bluebird

Latin:  Sialia sialis

Illustration for Eastern Bluebird


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