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Connecting People 
With Nature

Wachiska Audubon Society
has been selected to receive 

from every $2.50 red "My Heart" Bag sold during the months of

March and April 2023  at the  
Hy-Vee 6001 Village Drive, Lincoln NE

Bird of the Month

March –

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) – A spring migrator that is becoming more common throughout southeastern and all of Nebraska.  Pairs stay together for life.  The Trumpeter Swan is slightly larger with a longer bill and more evenly rounded back than the Tundra Swan, which may also be spotted (though rarer) during migration.

To learn more -

Outdoor Nebraska Trumpeter Swan

To find Nebraska birding trails -

On August 16, 2022, the Board approved revised bylaws that will be presented to the membership during the annual meeting in November. Both the 2013 and 2022 versions may be viewed or downloaded. 

Exploring the Diversity of Nebraska's Wetlands and the People and Wildlife Depending on Them 

by Ted LaGrange, Wetland Program Manager,

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission   

Wachiska Program —

Thursday, March 9, 2023  7:00 p.m.

Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, and also via YouTube

YouTube link:


For Wachiska’s March program, we will learn about the recently completed “Wetlands of Nebraska Outreach and Education” project that produced a series of products to increase awareness of the importance of wetlands in our state. The products include five feature films about Nebraska’s wetlands and the wildlife and people that depend on them along with several wetlands publications. The talented team from Platte Basin Timelapse produced the films that will take you on a journey across Nebraska to meet some interesting characters. You will see scenes and wildlife that few people get to experience. The quality of the videography is outstanding. Scenes from several of the films will be shown, and the new publications will be distributed at the meeting.    


These new products are available on the wetlands section of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s (NGPC) website, NGPC helped coordinate the project alongside partners assisting with grant implementation and funding:  EPA, Platte Basin Timelapse group at UNL, Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.


Ted LaGrange has been the wetland program manager for NGPC for 29 years. In this capacity, he works on a variety of wetland issues throughout Nebraska, including partnerships, private land restoration programs, public lands management, research, regulations, and outreach. For eight years prior to moving to Nebraska, Ted was a waterfowl research technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. LaGrange received BS and MS degrees in wildlife biology from Iowa State University. His professional interests are in prairie wetlands and waterfowl/water bird ecology.


Join Wachiska  for this wetlands presentation on Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. for this program. We are meeting in person at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, in Lincoln. This free public talk will also be live streamed on YouTube at Copy this link into your browser before the program begins. No registration will be necessary. Invite family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join us either in person or online. The program can also be viewed at a later date. Check the Wachiska website for program links to view past programs. 

March Calendar of Events

March 6            Education/Outreach Committee

                           via Zoom, 6:00 p.m.

March 9             Spring Birdseed Sale order deadline 

March 9            "New Wetlands Project " 

                          by Ted LaGrange, NGPC  

                          7:00 p.m. Unitarian Church,

                          6300 A Street, Lincoln and live streamed

March 13           Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.

March 15           Newsletter deadline in Wachiska office,

                           5:00 p.m.

March 17-18       Spring Birdseed Sale distribution

March 21            Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

March 26             Field Trip to Branched Oak Reservoir, 9:00 a.m.  

In September 2021, the Wachiska Board adopted the National Audubon’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as the Chapter’s own goals: 

The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Join Wachiska Today

Become a member of the Wachiska chapter of the National Audubon Society and support environmental conservation, education, and outreach in Southeast Nebraska.

Click HERE for details.

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 NEW!  Wachiska is on YouTube 


November 2021 Annual Meeting


Slide Show  

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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