123 Annual Audubon 

Christmas Bird Count

One final plea for birders to help us count birds in the Lincoln area during the Christmas Bird Count to be held on Sunday, December 18. We’d love to have you join us to count—whether in the field, your neighborhood park, during our accessible and stationary count with Birdability Captain Cassandra Dean, or watching your own feeders. Everyone is welcome to join in, beginners and experts alike. There are lots of birds to see and count: woodpeckers and sparrows, hawks and eagles, and waterfowl if the lakes and streams remain flowing. Also, there are usually a few unexpected surprises lurking in the woods. Contact Jason at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (SCPAC) for more information and to sign up: scp@audubon.org; 402-797-2301. Read more about Audubon’s long-running community science project at https://www.audubon.org/ conservation/science/christmas-bird-count.

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The Twelve Birds of Christmas

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

                                                          Audubon Center

Wachiska Program — Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, and also via YouTube

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/sGpsv_Snje8

It is the holiday season again, and all across the upper plains, snow has started to fall, birds have migrated south either away from Nebraska or into the state, and holiday music is in the air. Almost everyone is familiar with the tune and the gifts given in the holiday classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Many of those gifts are birds, from the pear-sitting partridge to swans a-swimming, but what if the whole song was about our feathered friends? Well, now it is!


Join Jason “the Birdnerd” at Wachiska’s final public presentation of 2022 for The Twelve BIRDS of Christmas. St. Sauver, senior education manager with Audubon Great Plains at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (SCPAC), will share stories, sounds, and holiday anecdotes about avian species from the song as well as identifying birds in those lyrics that seem NOT to be about birds—a light, humorous, fun evening to kick off the holidays.


St. Sauver has worked for the National Audubon Society for nearly 10 years, both here in Nebraska and earlier in Texas, as well as having a career with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and on stage as a performer in New York City before that. He recently was awarded the Nebraska Natural Legacy Education Award for his work creating a more inclusive and impactful birding and conservation community around Nebraska. Jason is also the coordinator of the Lincoln Area Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and encourages everyone to join him on Sunday, December 18, to help continue the 123 years of community science counting birds across the city. (See details for the CBC on page 4.)


Following the program, the Board will give a brief overview of what, with your support, the Chapter has achieved during 2022.


Join Wachiska on Thursday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. for this program. We are now meeting in person again at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, in Lincoln. A holiday social gathering will follow the program. Attendees are asked to bring a dozen of your favorite cookies or snacks to share. This free public presentation will also be live streamed on YouTube at https:// youtu.be/sGpsv_Snje8. Copy this link into your browser before the program begins. No registration will be necessary.