Eagle Viewing Still a Crowd Pleaser at Hydro Plant


William Shakespeare once said, "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District offers that opportunity for visitors to feel one with nature at its annual eagle viewing. The chance to see an eagle can be found at the Johnson Hydroelectric plant south of Lexington.

The plant offers a unique opportunity for the eagles to feed on fish in open water, away from snow and slush, while allowing visitors to see nature firsthand.

"It's really a very interesting match between man and technology and nature out there," said CNPPID's Michael Drain. "It's kind of a win-win situation."

Officials also say they're proud to be able to offer a place to witness nature that wasn't as accessible as it is today.

"It feels good when you have something like this and then it also feels good that the public can come take advantage of it, be able to bring them into the power plant and to be able to provide the open windows, the binoculars, the seating, it really feels good to do that for the people to be able to see it," said Drain.

The eagle viewing is open on weekends until 2 p.m., weather permitting, and will be available until either early March or until the eagles leave due to warmer conditions.