Connecting People 
With Nature

Managing Wachiska's Prairies

by Wachiska's Conservation Committee

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.

via Zoom web conference (registration required)

Link to register:

While it is admirable and easy to think globally, it is harder to act locally;  yet, Wachiska Audubon has acted locally by acquiring land and conservation easements on almost 1,000 acres to protect one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, the tallgrass prairie. It is the job of Wachiska’s conservation committee to manage these lands and easements. 


Join us on Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual tour of Wachiska’s prairies as the members of our conservation committee share photos and experiences from the prairies that Wachiska owns in Southeast Nebraska. Traveling thousands of miles and volunteering hundreds of hours, committee members aren’t just out there smelling the wild roses. They are volunteering their time to conduct prescribed burns, scout for invasive species, cut volunteer trees, conduct easement reviews, and gather seed.

Tim Knott is the longest-serving member and knows prairie plants as well as anybody.

Don Pepperl is the legal expert handling easements and land deeds.

Arnold Mendenhall, a rangeland specialist, was the first land manager at Spring Creek Prairie and currently manages our largest tract, the Klapka farm.

Stu Luttich, current chapter president, owns and manages prairie in Fillmore County.

Terry Stentz teaches at UNL and has a life-long commitment to conservation.

Beth Coufal knew plants before joining the committee. 

Ross Scott, committee chair, worked with NRCS all over Southeast Nebraska.

Ethan Freese recently earned a M.S. degree in grassland studies from UNL. 

Join the conservation committee for a Zoom presentation when they share tips on when to visit and where to go to find their favorite plants, birds, and pollinators. There will be ample time for questions. This free Zoom presentation will be open to the public, but you must register in advance at the link above which can be copied into your browser or go to our website and click the direct link.

September  Calendar of Events

September 10 General Meeting video Zoom 7:00 p.m

                        (note required registration)

                        "Managing Wachiska's Prairies"

September 14 Conservation Committee, 5:30 p.m.

                        via Zoom (check with Chairman)

September 15  Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,

                         5:00 p.m.

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

                         (contact Theresa Pella for meeting

                          number/password if not a Board member

                          and want to attend.)  

September 24  Legislative Committee via Zoom, 7:00 p.m. 


September 30  Submission deadline for

                         2021 Board nominations (page 4)

No Education Committee meeting this month.

Remember Birdseed Sale in October (details next month) 

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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. 

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4547 Calvert St. Suite 10 - Lincoln, NE 68506-5643
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