Wachiska Audubon Society
has been selected to receive $1
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
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 -http://nebraskabirdingtrails.com/
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: https://youtu.be/OLi-S_-Ekq4
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, www.NebraskaWetlands.com. 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 https://youtu.be/OLi-S_-Ekq4. 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,
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.
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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.