BUTLER COUNTY, NEBRASKA (NET Radio) -
On a bright spring morning in eastern Butler County, John Quinn and the college students working with him for the summer are walking farm ground counting birds.
"We use two ways of finding nests," he said. "We do a lot of systematic searching, just up and down the fence rows; we have a pretty narrow habitat, they're not going to be out in the fields. We also use adult behavior so if we see them flying in with sticks, we hear really loud calls, vocalizations as we get close, you know, hissing or clucking, we know that there's a good chance that there's a nest in that area. Sometimes it's a hit-or-miss - you can walk by a nest three times and not pick it up, but you happen to look in the right spot, you get lucky.