Brown Thrasher - If there is a messy grouping of shrubs, and you notice leaves flying into the air, watch for a larger red brown bird with a long tail and yellow eyes. The Brown Thrasher is shy but may reward you with a song that is often repeated. In the summer, the bird nests throughout Nebraska.
Check out the progress of the native plant project at the Walt Branch Library! Volunteers planted 260 native plants and installed 2 bird feeders. Already, bird activity is on the rise, especially in the morning and evening. Some native plants are blooming, getting visited by different insect species. This project is a “real time” demonstration of how a greater use of native plants can benefit even a small ecosystem and is one way of putting the Native Plant Resolution in action.
"Wetlands of Nebraska—Their Diversity Will Surprise You!"
by Ted LaGrange, Wetland Program Manager,
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Wachiska Program — Thursday, August 12, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)
Link to register:
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Come and learn about Nebraska’s diverse and valuable wetlands and what is being done to conserve them. Information about wetlands throughout Nebraska will be shared, with some special focus given to the unique saline wetlands located in and around Lincoln. This presentation will cover what a wetland is, why they are important, the variety of wetland types found across Nebraska, how they have been altered, and what conservation actions are being taken to improve wetlands in our state, including options for landowners. A sneak-peek of some new and innovative wetland outreach materials in a collaboration with Platte Basin Timelapse will be included.
Ted LaGrange has worked as the wetland program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 27 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. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Ted worked for eight years as a waterfowl research technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ted received B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology from Iowa State University. His professional interests are in prairie wetlands and waterfowl/water bird ecology.
Join Wachiska Audubon for the next Zoom presentation on Thursday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about Nebraska’s wetlands. This free public program will be available to all who register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcoc-uqrDgqH9dEFsV8nNeQjnc4jOkJI0LY.
Copy and paste this link into your browser or go to Wachiska’s website after August 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. Urge your friends and colleagues to join us, too.
August Calendar of Events
August 2 Education Committee via Zoon, 6:00 p.m.
July 8 General Meeting via Zoom,
“Celebrating Paul Johnsgard” 7:00 p.m.
(NOTE required registration)
August 9 Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.
August 12 General Meeting via Zoom,
“Wetlands of Nebraska” 7:00 p.m.
(NOTE required registration)
August 14 Second Saturday Seeds at Dieken Prairie
near Unadilla 9:00 am
August 15 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office, 5:00 p.m.
August 17 Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
August 21-22 "Tour the Wild Side-Using Native Plants
in Your Landscape" (pages 2 - 5)
August 26 Legislative Committee via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
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.