Upcoming Field Trips
Journey to the Nemaha Ridge
Sunday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.
Around 318 million years ago, a ridge of mountains arose in Southeast Nebraska. The Nemaha Ridge, also known as the Nemaha Uplift, was believed to be created by compression forces coincident with the elevations of the Alleghenian orogeny in the East and the Ancestral Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Although the Nemaha is now buried, surface topography still harbors hints of its north-south line from the Omaha area down through Oklahoma. Freshwater seeps emerge from rocky outcrops and cut through the inclines to reveal clues of Nebraska's ancient past such as glacial till from the Pleistocene Epoch. Our March field trip will give us an opportunity to check out the ancient rise on a spring hike to search for birds that call the ridge their home. We'll hike one of several wildlife management areas near Tecumseh to access this hilly terrain that seems to pop out of nowhere.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, in the Wachiska office parking lot at 4547 Calvert Street in Lincoln. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 55-mile drive to our destination. Recommended items include adequate hiking apparel, water bottle, any snacks you may want, and binoculars if you have them. There's no entry fee required and the public is welcome. If you have questions, call John at 402-475-7275.