Connecting People 
With Nature

Bird of the Month

November –

Thanksgiving brings to mind turkey – the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is found across the United States in wooded areas, ag fields and sometimes urban neighborhoods.  The Eastern subspecies have dark reddish-brown tips on all feathers while the Southwestern subspecies feathers are tipped pale whitish.  In winter you may find small flocks of males only or larger groups of females or families. 

To learn more -

Outdoor Nebraska Wild Turkey

To find Nebraska birding trails -

On August 16, 2022, the Board approved revised bylaws that will be presented to the membership during the annual meeting in November. Both the 2013 and 2022 versions may be viewed or downloaded. 

There are two agenda items for Wachiska’s annual meeting that membership will be voting on—election of the 2023 Board and constitution and bylaws updates.

Voting will be limited to members present in person. Bios of the board candidates are on pages 4 and 5. Constitution and bylaws changes were summarized in the October 2022 newsletter (


Prior to the meeting, the November program will be given by Margaret Jacobs, chancellor’s professor of history and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies and Kevin Abourezk, a Native journalist. Margaret and Kevin are project co-directors of Reconciliation Rising. This is a multimedia project showcasing the lives and work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the U.S. who are engaged in honestly confronting painful and traumatic histories, promoting meaningful and respectful dialogue between Natives and non-Natives, and creating pathways to reconciliation.


In September 2021, the Wachiska Board adopted the National Audubon Society’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as the chapter’s own. Part of the statement is “honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species.” That led the Board to decide it was time to know and appreciate what the indigenous word “Wachiska” means (see the June 2022 newsletter for more information).

Research ultimately led to meeting Margaret and Kevin and an opportunity to share Wachiska prairies with the Otoe-Missouria who once called this region home. In June, a delegation of the Tribe, Margaret, Kevin, and Wachiska members visited Dieken Prairie. In September, Tribe and Wachiska members visited Knott Prairie, located just three miles from an ancestral village location. 


Margaret and Kevin were invited to share with all Wachiska members, friends, and the public other activities and additional information about the Reconciliation Rising project at the chapter’s November Board meeting. This will be followed by a conversation about how our organizations may partner, grow, and learn from each other.


Margaret Jacobs studies the history of the American West in comparison with Australia and Canada with a focus on women and gender as well as children and family. She is also director of the Center for Great Plains Studies. The Center is an interdisciplinary educational and cultural hub that cultivates awareness of and engagement with the diverse people, cultures, and natural environments of the Great Plains. The region invites inquiry into the relationships between its natural environment and the cultures brought by its inhabitants, as scholars and residents work to preserve healthy ecosystems and build thriving human communities. (continued on page 2, column 2)


On Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m., Join Wachiska, we meeting back together IN PERSON at Lincoln’s Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, for this program which will also be live streamed on YouTube for those not able to attend in person. This free public presentation will be available at Copy or paste this link into your browser just before the program begins. No registration will be necessary.

The Twelve Birds of Christmas

by Jason "the Birdnerd" St. Sauver, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center  

Wachiska Program —

Thursday, December 8, 2022  7:00 p.m.

Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, and also via YouTube

YouTube link: 

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December Calendar of Events

December 5      Education Committee via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

December 8      Holiday Party Social following Program

                          "The Twelve Birds of Christmas"

                            by Jason St. Sauver      

                          7:00 p.m. Unitarian Church,

                          6300 A Street, Lincoln

December 12   Newsletter deadline in Wachiska office,

                         5:00 p.m.

December 12   Conservation Committee via Zoom, 6:30 p.m.

December 18   Lincoln Area Christmas Bird Count, all day

                         (see newsletter page 4)   

December 20   Board Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

 NEW!  Wachiska is on YouTube 

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.

      Wachiska Reports

    Strategic Plan Update


November 2021 Annual Meeting


Slide Show  

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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.