The Nebraska Sand Hills is a region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes in north-central Nebraska, covering 19,600 sq mi (50,764 km2), just over one quarter of the state. They sit atop the Ogallala aquifer, the major source of fresh water for the High Plains. An environmentally-sensitive area, they are protected by a combination of State and Federal laws and regulations.
The Sand Hills are deceptive. They seem at first to be boring, rolling, dry grasslands. You have to spend a while before you begin to see the tremendous diversity of plant and animal life. The small lakes in the Sand Hills are of enormous importance as a breeding ground for waterfowl and other birds, and are home to a variety of indigenous species of birds and animals found nowhere else.
We spent a half-day there during a flying trip through the High Plains in August of last year. Here are some photos. Enjoy. I’ll be going back.