CNPPID Eagle Viewing Centers Currently Open
The eagle-viewing facility at the Johnson No. 2 (J-2) Hydroplant has been open to the public since December 23rd.
Since the weekend holidays are over for the viewing season, the J-2 facility will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CDT) through at least the last weekend in February. The facility is located south of Lexington near the intersection of County Roads 749 and 750. Central’s second eagle-viewing facility is at Kingsley Dam near Ogallala. The freestanding building below the south end of the dam will be open and for the rest of the viewing season will follow the normal weekend schedule: open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MST) through the end of February.
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 – as well as other wildlife — are attracted by the open water below the hydroplants, 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, the number of forage fish for feeding, how many eagles are wintering in the general area, and whether the hydroplants are on-line. The best viewing time is normally earlier in the day. There is no charge to visit either of the facilities.
For more information about eagles and viewing opportunities for groups, visit Central’s web page at www.cnppid.com or call (308) 995-8601.