Turkey Vulture sightings become common across Wachiska’s counties in April, one of the harbingers of Spring. If the large dark bird flying overhead in warmer weather ‘wobbles’ as it flies, it may be the clean-up crew for roadkill. There is a reason it has few feathers on its head, and why trees they roost in eventually die. It is a $15,000 Federal fine if you kill a Turkey Vulture.
This month's program: Fun Facts About Trees
by Justin Evertson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
and Nebraska Forest Service
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Wachiska Program — Thursday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)
Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvfuGoqTssE9I_TKR6enwyeE8DW5-5UAeU
Nebraska was rightly known for a long time as the tree planter's state. Early settlers were challenged to plant trees to improve their land claims, and they did just that. Every community that sprang up on the Nebraska prairie quickly became cloaked in a “community forest” as people earnestly went about planting trees for the many comforts they provided (and still do). During the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, the Prairie States Forestry Project put trees front and center in efforts to conserve soil. Millions of trees were planted in thousands of miles of shelterbelts in Nebraska. Thanks to the efforts of J. Sterling Morton and others, Nebraska became known as the home of Arbor Day with all the tree enthusiasm such a holiday elicits.
Justin Evertson has been employed at UNL since 1990 working with both the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) and the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS). He is the green infrastructure coordinator for the Community Landscapes and Forest Health Bureau of NFS where he oversees programs that provide funding, technical assistance, and educational outreach for sustainable landscape enhancements in communities across the state. Justin earned his architecture and community and regional planning degrees from UNL. He grew up on a farm in western Kimball County where he learned an appreciation for shortgrass prairie and Nebraska’s wide-open spaces. Justin is passionate about trees, the native landscape, biodiversity, and sustainable landscape development. He lives in Waverly where he plants many trees and works to increase the biodiversity and sustainability of landscapes in the community.
Join Wachiska for this Zoom presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. 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 April 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 others to take part as well.
April Calendar of Events
April 5 Education Committee, 6:00 p.m.
April 8 General Meeting video Zoom 7:00 p.m
(note required registration)
"Fun Facts About Trees"
by Justin Evertson 7:00 p.m.
April 12 Conservation Committee, 5:30 p.m.
Mead Town Hall via Zoom 7:00 p.m.
see Events for details
April 15 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,
April 20 Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
(contact Theresa Pella for meeting
number/password if not a Board member
and want to attend.)
April 22 Legislative Committee via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
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.