The Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) is one of many warbler species that may be found throughout Wachiska’s counties during spring migration. This inconspicuous warbler is sometimes defined as “drab”, but flashes of yellow can be seen in its undertail coverts. It may be found in a wide variety of brushy or wooded habitats, especially river bottoms.
One project putting words into action from the Wachiska Resolution in Support of Greater use of Native Plants! is underway. Check out the March 2021 Babbling Brook to read how the P&E Committee and partners plan to improve the bird habitat at Walt Branch Library.
Raptor Conservation Alliance
by Dave Titterington
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Wachiska Program — Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)
Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqc-yqqDstGNGMSetbFkMv7IUIpUfbEjX9
In 1976, National Audubon encouraged Audubon chapters around the country to find a special project to mark the bicentennial. Betsy Finch, a founder of Wachiska Audubon in 1973, took on this charge to care for injured birds of prey in Nebraska. Since 1976, injured and orphaned raptors in Nebraska have been cared for by a statewide network of dedicated volunteers who recovered injured and orphaned birds of prey and transported them to the raptor hospital in Lincoln. In the beginning, they were the Nebraska Raptor Center and later became the well-known Raptor Recovery Nebraska.
In 1999, the raptor hospital under Raptor Recovery Nebraska was relocated near Elmwood on a rural homestead. Numerous buildings were revamped with additional buildings constructed. A new raptor hospital facility was erected. Two large flight pens were put up where, prior to release, recovering raptors could exercise their wings, build up muscle mass, and regain the agility needed to roam the skies freely once again.
Join Wachiska Audubon for this Zoom presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. This free public program is available to those who register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqc-yqqDstGNGMSetbFkMv7IUIpUfbEjX9. Copy and paste this link into your browser or go to Wachiska’s website after May 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 others to take part as well.
May Calendar of Events
May 8 - 9 33rd Annual Birdathon birding weekend
May 10 Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.
May 11 Finance Committee Quarterly Meeting
via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
May 13 General Meeting via Zoom, “Raptor
Conservation Alliance,” 7:00 p.m.
(NOTE required registration)
May 15 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,
May 18 Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
May25 GIVE TO LINCOLN DAY (page 2)
May 27 Legislation 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.