Gov. Pete Ricketts has celebrated Nebraska Bird Month with about 20 five-year-olds.
Ricketts says he enjoyed being with the pre-school students at Trinity Infant and Child Care Center in Lincoln.
“Nebraska is a very important bird watching state,” Ricketts tells reporters. “We have over 450 types of birds and, of course, we’re on a migratory pathway and so it’s really important that we protect the environment and of course we get bird watchers from around the world to come to Nebraska every year to be able to see all the great migrations we’ve got here. So, it’s neat to be able to teach the kids how important bird watching is to Nebraska.”
Ricketts says he enjoyed being with the children, walking the area near the Capitol looking for birds, and reading a book to them about Nebraska birds.
“Oh, the kids were a ton of fun,” Ricketts says. “They were really excited to be able to start looking for birds and it’s something anybody can do in their backyard, so it was perfect.”
Ricketts encourages Nebraskans to get outside with their children and enjoying locating and identifying different types of birds.
“One of the great things about bird watching is it’s a fun family activity and you get outdoors to do it and of course we’ve got great parks here in our state to be able to enjoy it,” Ricketts says.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which sponsored the event, says birds are very important to the environment of Nebraska, from the cropland, hills, and woods of the eastern third of the state to the prairies and Sand Hills of central and western Nebraska.
Birds also help tourism. People from throughout the world travel to Nebraska each year, usually in early or mid-May, to observe the migration of cranes through the state.