Republican Valley

This ecoregion stretches from the tallgrass prairies and Missouri Valley hardwood forests of southeastern Nebraska west across the tallgrass prairies of the Nemaha and Blue river valleys and the mixed-grass bluestem prairies and loess soils of south-central Nebraska, to the dry shortgrass prairies and arid sandsage grasslands of southwestern Nebraska. The region also contains many upland pastures and cropland. Across the entire Republican Valley western meadowlarks, Nebraska’s state bird, are common. This ecoregion also includes portions of the Rainwater Basins, which when the region’s wetlands have water are wonderful shorebird and waterfowl birding areas.

Title Category Address Description
Medicine Creek State Recreation Area 40.433, -100.256 Area of WMA 6,726 acres, SRA area 1,768-acre reservoir(Harry Strunk Lake) & 1,200 acres of upland.
Ash Grove Wildlife Management Area 40.035, -98.968 It's 77 acres and includes rolling hills pasture land, grasses, rock outcrops, and a spring-fed stream.
Bartley Diversion Wildlife Management Area 40.225, -100.384 A small area of grasslands, rolling hills and scattered trees, around a campground.
Cambridge Diversion Dam 40.283, -100.15 Includes 21 acres of grassland bordering the Republican River and brushy bottomland.
Dry Sandy Wildlife Management Area 40.348, -97.509 This site includes 140 acres of cropland, 33 acres of upland pasture, 24 acres of timber and 5 acres of water.
Harlan County Reservoir 40.066, -99.228 Harlan Reservoir is the 2nd largest lake in Nebraska and at normal water levels provides 75 miles of shoreline habitat.
Indian Creek Wildlife Management Area 40.063, -98.527 This site contains riparian woods along the Republican River. Wood ducks, ospreys and eagles might be seen, plus woodland woodpeckers and passerines.
Liberty Cove Wildlife Management Area 40.26, -98.298 Owned and operated by the Little Blue NRD. 236 acres including a 36 acre lake and about 200 acres of uplands.
Limestone Bluffs Wildlife Management Area 40.011, -98.885 479 acres. Habitat includes rolling hills with grasses, rock outcrops, and wooded ravines with a spring-fed stream.
Little Blue East Wildlife Management Area 40.16, -97.527 This site includes 4 acres of water, 54 acres of timber and 36 acres of uplands. Mostly flat, wooded bottomland along the Little Blue River, with some grassland and croplands.
Meridian Wildlife Management Area 40.203, -97.405 This site contains 117 acres of cropland, 186 acres of upland pasture, 79 acres timber, 3 acres of marshland and 15 acres of open water.
Narrows Wildlife Management Area 40.085, -98.601 Area includes 288 acres.
Swanson Reservoir Wildlife Management Area 40.157, -101.125 Swanson Reservoir attracts many migrant water birds, some of which might overwinter. The wet meadows south of Stratton also attract many water birds during migration, including sandhill cranes and white-faced ibis.
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie 40.009, -98.524 The Cather Prairie is a 609 acre tract of grazed but unbroken mixed-grass prairie that is owned and maintained by the Cather Foundation.