Connecting People 
With Nature

Survival by Degrees 

by Kristal Stoner, Executive Director,

     Audubon Nebraska

In Nebraska, 85 bird species including the Piping Plover, Long-
billed Curlew, Red-headed Woodpecker, Henslow’s Sparrow, 
and Lark Bunting are climate vulnerable in summer, meaning 
they stand to lose more of their summer range across North 
America than they gain under a warming climate. 


Within this report, Audubon’s online Birds and Climate 
Visualizer helps everyone explore the data analysis by bird 
species and allows individuals to understand the impacts to 

birds where they live by zip code. It makes climate change even 
more local, immediate, and, for bird fans, deeply personal. 

Audubon has outlined five key steps that range from actions 
every individual can take in their home to policy changes. Losing 
a species forever is tragic, so now is the time for action. That is 
the power of this report along with localized tools. It’s not just 
about the problems, it’s about what we all need to do to be a 
part of the solution. 


Join Kristal Stoner, executive director of Audubon Nebraska, to 
learn about this impact on Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. at 
Lincoln’s Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street. Free parking is readily 
available in the church lot with overflow parking in the Pius X 
High School lot across the street to the west. There is easy 
access to the church with no steps and plenty of space for 
visiting with speakers and mingling with friends while enjoying 
refreshments following this free public program. 

Search for Seven Swans A-swimming

by John Carlini, Field Trip Coordinator

Saturday January 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Wachiska Office

Thanks to the success of human intervention in various states, Trumpeter Swans are finally becoming less of a rarity and are starting to
grace more of our landscapes each winter. The annual swan count tally in Iowa increased
from 193 in 2010 to 1,823 in 2016, and Dr. Paul Johnsgard recently reported a continuing
increase of wintering swans at the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Squaw Creek NWR) in northwest Missouri, where our swan search will take place. This outing will consist of stops along the refuge road and will require little to no walking. Other winter residents at the refuge are Bald Eagles and possibly Tundra Swans.

 We'll meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, in the Wachiska office parking lot located at 4547 Calvert Street. Participants can caravan or carpool for the 110-mile drive to our destination. We plan to arrive at the main parking lot for the refuge headquarters building a little before 11:30 a.m. for
anyone preferring to meet up with the group there on Highwa 159 west of 1-29 exit 79. Unless the roads are icy or impassable, winter weather will not deter us. Bring binoculars and scope if you have them. There is no fee required, and the public is
welcome. If you have questions, call John at 402-475-7275.


January Calendar of Events

 January 9            General Meeting, “Survival by Degrees,” by Kristal Stoner,

                             Unitarian Church, 7:00 p.m. 

January 13           Conservation Committee, Wachiska office, 5:30 p.m.

January 14           Finance Committee, Wachiska office, 5:30 p.m.

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


January 18           Field trip to see swans, 9:30 a.m. (page 2)


January 21           Board Meeting, Wachiska office, 7:00 p.m.

January 23           Legislation Committee, DaVinci’s, 11th & G sts., 6:00 p.m.



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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. 

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4547 Calvert St. Suite 10 - Lincoln, NE 68506-5643
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