The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile Atricapillus) is a “grab and go” bird, grabbing a seed at the feeders and flying fast back to a branch. It is curious and with its black cap, white cheeks, and black bib, is popular and often called “cute.” Humans don’t scare it off, so it is easy for beginner birders to identify.
One project putting words into action from the Wachiska Resolution in Support of Greater use of Native Plants! is underway. Check out the March 2021 Babbling Brook to read how the P&E Committee and partners plan to improve the bird habitat at Walt Branch Library.
Living with Urban Wildlife
by Vikki Henry, Wildlife Rescue Team
Wachiska Program — Thursday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)
Link to register:
Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. (WRT) was created in Lincoln in 1979 when our founder, Carol Odell, worked with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to get a permit to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife legally in Nebraska. We now have a group of volunteer rehabbers across Nebraska from Omaha to Scottsbluff to help rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife. Much of what we do is not only rehabbing the animals so that they can be released back into the wild, but also educating the public on whether or not that animal actually needs to be rescued.
WRT cares for approximately 3,000 wild animals each year which includes everything from songbirds and waterfowl to squirrels, bunnies, opossums, raccoons, turtles, bobcats, and foxes. We are all volunteers; no one gets paid for their work. WRT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations go to take care of the animals and pay for vet bills, supplies, and food. Every year we use over 25 bags of powdered formula for the mammals, and each bag costs around $300!
WRT is always in need of volunteers to care for our animals, along with release sites, donations of supplies, etc.
If you are interested in finding out more about being a volunteer for WRT, contact us at 402-473-1951 or our website at wildliferescueteamincne.org. We can send you membership information and get you in touch with a team leader who can train you on caring for the wildlife.
Join Wachiska for the next Zoom presentation on Thursday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. when Carrie Nunez, president of the Wildlife Rescue Team, presents the group’s program.
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 June 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. Invite your friends to join us, too!
June Calendar of Events
June 7 Education Committee via Zoom, 6:00 p.m.
June 10 General Meeting via Zoom, “ Living with Urban
Wildlife,” 7:00 p.m. (NOTE required registration)
June 12 Second Saturday Seeds, Knott Prairie by Yutan,
9:00 a.m. (page 8)
June 12 Garage Sale, 14th & Arapahoe Sts.,
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (page 4)
June 14 Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.
June 15 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office, 5:00 p.m.
Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
Upcoming Dates to Save
July 10 Second Saturday Seeds at Dieken Prairie
August 21 - 22 Tour the Wild Side (page 5)
Tax time tip. Thanks to the CARES Act you will be allowed to deduct up to $300 of monetary charitable contributions on your 2020 tax return, even if you don't itemize. Make sure the contribution is paid directly to the non-profit qualifying charity and talk to your tax advisor to see how this may benefit you.
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.