Connecting People 
With Nature

Bird of the Month

The  Black-capped Chickadee  (Poecile Atricapillus) is a “grab and go” bird, grabbing a seed at the feeders and flying fast back to a branch. It is curious and with its black cap, white cheeks, and black bib, is popular and often called “cute.” Humans don’t scare it off, so it is easy for beginner birders to identify. 

To learn more about the Black-capped Chickadee and find birding trails.


Living with Urban Wildlife

by Vikki Henry, Wildlife Rescue Team

Wachiska Program — Thursday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)

Link to register:

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at  7:00 p.m.

Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. (WRT) was created in Lincoln in 1979 when our founder, Carol Odell, worked with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to get a permit to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife legally in Nebraska. We now have a group of volunteer rehabbers across Nebraska from Omaha to Scottsbluff to help rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife. Much of what we do is not only rehabbing the animals so that they can be released back into the wild, but also educating the public on whether or not that animal actually needs to be rescued.


WRT cares for approximately 3,000 wild animals each year which includes everything from songbirds and waterfowl to squirrels, bunnies, opossums, raccoons, turtles, bobcats, and foxes. We are all volunteers; no one gets paid for their work. WRT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations go to take care of the animals and pay for vet bills, supplies, and food. Every year we use over 25 bags of powdered formula for the mammals, and each bag costs around $300!


WRT is always in need of volunteers to care for our animals, along with release sites, donations of supplies, etc. 


If you are interested in finding out more about being a volunteer for WRT, contact us at 402-473-1951 or our website at We can send you membership information and get you in touch with a team leader who can train you on caring for the wildlife.


Join Wachiska for the next Zoom presentation on Thursday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. when Carrie Nunez, president of the Wildlife Rescue Team, presents the group’s program.


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 June 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 your friends to join us, too!

June Calendar of Events

June 7         Education Committee via Zoom, 6:00 p.m.

June 10       General Meeting via Zoom, “ Living with Urban

                    Wildlife,” 7:00 p.m. (NOTE required registration)

June 12      Second Saturday Seeds, Knott Prairie by Yutan,

                   9:00 a.m. (page 8)

June 12      Garage Sale, 14th & Arapahoe Sts.,

                   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (page 4)


June 14     Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.

June 15      Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office, 5:00 p.m.

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


Upcoming Dates to Save

July 10  Second Saturday Seeds at Dieken Prairie

              near Unadilla

August 21 - 22 Tour the Wild Side (page 5)

 NEW!  Wachiska is on YouTube 

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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.