Audubon’s Conservation Ranching Program: Beefing Up
Nebraska’s Working Lands Strategy
by Andrew Pierson, Audubon Nebraska
Grassland birds have suffered an unparalleled decline over the past half century, stemming from widespread development of North America’s grasslands. This calls for Audubon's action. To combat the negative effects of grassland degradations—and to keep grass on the landscape—National Audubon has developed the Conservation Ranching Initiative.
Andrew Pierson is Audubon Nebraska’s director of conservation. He recently transitioned into this statewide role after managing Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary for several years.
During this virtual presentation, Andrew will discuss National Audubon and Audubon Nebraska’s “Working Lands” strategies with an emphasis on the Conservation Ranching Initiative. He will also highlight his love of grasslands and grassland birds with some relevant Nebraska trivia.
Join Andrew and Wachiska on Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual meeting via Zoom web conference. Preregistration is required. Carefully copy the following link into your browser to reach the registration page: bit.ly/3bDC9js.
Unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19 in our area, we regretfully must temporarily suspend field trip activities until participants can once again interact safely.Birding on Birdathon weekend is not only an excellent motivation to get outside and find amazing birds, it's also a worthy cause. Our annual fundraiser challenges Wachiskans and allies to collectively tally as many species as possible from Wachiska's region of Southeast Nebraska. Donations can be based on number of species totaled on the group list. If you bird the weekend of May 16-17, you can submit your species list online to the Wachiska office to be included in the count.
Field Tripping in a Pandemic
by John Carlini
May Calendar of Events
May 11 Conservation Committee, 5:30 p.m.
(check with chairman for format)
May 14 General Meeting video Zoom
“Audubon’s Conservation Ranching
Program,” by Andrew Pierson, 7:00 p.m.
(note required registration)
May 15 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,
May 16-17 32nd annual Birdathon (pages 2 and 5)
May 19 Board Meeting via Zoom teleconference,
7:00 p.m. (contact Theresa Pella for
meeting/password if you’re not a Board
member and want to attend)
May 28 Give to Lincoln Day (page 8)
Support Wachiska during May's Give to Lincoln Event
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.