Eagle Viewing at J-2 Power Plant
Look up to the trees, as the Johnson #2 Power Plant near Lexington offers a bird's eye view of bald eagles this time of year. The birds fly near the plant and folks migrate to see nature up close.
"We can't guarantee you there will eagles here. They may be here, they may not be here. They may do something a lot of fun. They may do absolutely nothing. That's true nature," said Senior Biologist Mark Peyton.
The eagles flock to the plant in late December for the nearby open water. As fish swim through, it provides an opportunity for the birds to swoop down and fill up on their favorite
meal until mid-February.
"They come here to get easy food, but that's important. It's minus fifteen degrees outside and any energy expenditures that they have is heat and weight loss."
Many of the eagles will migrate north into Canada but some actually stick around Nebraska. Approximately 30-40 eagles can be seen at the plant. It's open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early mornings provide the best glimpse.
"The birds come off the roost at night and they're hungry. Birds typically don't store a lot of fat, so they have to eat everyday. They'll come here and the first thing they do is eat, so they'll be very active," said Peyton.
Eagles aren't the only ones who occupy the trees near the water. Flocks of turkeys also fill the sky, but the main attraction remains our nation's bird.
"It's our mascot if you will, one of the largest birds in North America and it's just a neat bird to watch."
Visitors don't need an eagle eye to watch these birds of prey soar. A trip to the J-2 Power Plant gives a view as if you were on an eagle's wings.
Viewing the eagles is free.