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Bird of the Month

The Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) is one of many warbler species that may be found throughout Wachiska’s counties during spring migration.  This inconspicuous warbler is sometimes defined as “drab”, but flashes of yellow can be seen in its undertail coverts.  It may be found in a wide variety of brushy or wooded habitats, especially river bottoms. 

Learn more and find birding trails.


Raptor Conservation Alliance

by Dave Titterington

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at  7:00 p.m.

Wachiska Program — Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)

Link to register:

In 1976, National Audubon encouraged Audubon chapters around the country to find a special project to mark the bicentennial. Betsy Finch, a founder of Wachiska Audubon in 1973, took on this charge to care for injured birds of prey in Nebraska. Since 1976, injured and orphaned raptors in Nebraska have been cared for by a statewide network of dedicated volunteers who recovered injured and orphaned birds of prey and transported them to the raptor hospital in Lincoln. In the beginning, they were the Nebraska Raptor Center and later became the well-known Raptor Recovery Nebraska.


In 1999, the raptor hospital under Raptor Recovery Nebraska was relocated near Elmwood on a rural homestead. Numerous buildings were revamped with additional buildings constructed. A new raptor hospital facility was erected. Two large flight pens were put up where, prior to release, recovering raptors could exercise their wings, build up muscle mass, and regain the agility needed to roam the skies freely once again.


Join Wachiska Audubon for this Zoom presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. This free public program is available to those who register at Copy and paste this link into your browser or go to Wachiska’s website after May 1 and click on the link directly from the notice to register. You will then receive a confirmation with the meeting number and password. Keep that email, and a few minutes before the program is to begin, click on that confirmation, and you’ll be invited into the meeting. Urge others to take part as well.

May  Calendar of Events

May 8 - 9        33rd Annual Birdathon birding weekend

                       (page 2) 

May 10           Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.

May 11           Finance Committee Quarterly Meeting

                       via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

May 13           General Meeting via Zoom, “Raptor 

                       Conservation Alliance,” 7:00 p.m.

                       (NOTE required registration)

May 15           Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,

                       5:00 p.m.

May 18           Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

May25            GIVE TO LINCOLN DAY (page 2)

May 27           Legislation Committee via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

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The photos on this website were taken by Wachiska members. Many thanks to Bruce Wendorff, 

Linda Brown, Paul Johnsguard, Tim Knott, Stu Luttich, John Carlini and Elizabeth Nelson.