2nd Tour the Wild Side Using Native Plants in Your Landscape 


Saturday August 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


When the heat of August begins to beat you down, perk up by visiting this wide variety of landscapes where native plants are hosting butterflies, insects, and birds while living side by side with lawns, vegetables, trees, and concrete! There is no set order to check out the landscapes, other than your own curiosity! Activities confirmed to date include the availability of native plant seedlings and Raptor Conservation Alliance visits with some live raptors! The Tour will occur rain or shine (bring your own umbrella). There is no charge, though donation jars will be present at most sites. You can also make an online donation to Wachiska from the website homepage (upper right). Check “other” in the option box, then enter “Wild Side Tour” in the comment box. Checks are always lovingly received at the office


Nebraska Walleye Spawn

by Marcus Miller

Wachiska Program — Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom web conference (registration required)

Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcumrpz4sGtTVXPnX-b_s7TBt-KLlU6k_

Thursday August 11, 2022 at  7:00 p.m.

Springtime in Nebraska is often full of life. The weather begins to warm, and the flora and fauna starts to come alive. For members of Nebraska’s state fish hatcheries it means one thing, Walleye Spawn. Walleyes are one of the most sought after freshwater sportfish across the Midwest. In Nebraska, that continues to be true as walleyes play a huge part in most of the state’s waterbodies. They are wonderful table fare which contributes to their popularity among anglers. In order to keep Nebraska’s reservoirs up with the demand of walleye anglers, walleyes must be raised and stocked each year. Roughly 130 million walleyes are spawned annually to fill the stocking requests of the state’s public waters. Nebraska Game and Parks fisheries workers set out each spring primarily to three main waterbodies: Sherman Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir, and

Lake McConaughy. 


Marcus Miller has seen firsthand the effort it takes to raise walleyes for Nebraska’s anglers. His experience primarily highlights the spawning efforts at Merritt Reservoir. Walleyes upwards of 12 pounds are frequently handled and selected to produce the progeny that will serve Nebraska. Marcus enjoys handling those big fish and  doing the collection work involving gill netting, trap netting, and electrofishing. He is also involved with the culture process that takes place once the eggs have been fertilized. This process is the “bread and butter” of hatchery work and encompasses enumeration, egg treatments, egg hatching, and fry stocking. 


Marcus grew up just a couple miles from the North Platte Fish Hatchery. His childhood years were spent doing anything outdoors that involved hunting, fishing, or just flat out being outside—all things that he still enjoys now. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from UNL, majoring in fisheries ecology and management and minoring in water science. Upon graduation began working with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission where he has been for six years. Currently, Marcus is a conservation technician at the North Platte Fish Hatchery. Fishing is his passion, and he couldn’t imagine a career not working with them.


Join Wachiska Audubon for our next Zoom program on Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. This free, public presentation is available to those who register at this link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcumrpz4sGtTVXPnX-b_s7TBt-KLlU6k_. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting number and password. Save that email, and a few minutes before the program is to begin, click on that confirmation email, and you’ll be invited into the meeting. Encourage friends and colleagues to join us.


Second Saturday Seeds

by Beth Coufal, Conservation Committee


Second Saturday Seeds continues throughout late summer and into fall. August 13, September 10, and October 8 will all take place at Dieken Prairie. This drier prairie is closer to Lincoln, just south of Unadilla. This location will be our best opportunity to collect seeds, including purple and white prairie clover, rudbeckia, and three species of Liatris.


Dress for rough walking and the weather. Bring gloves, clippers, and a bucket for seed collecting. If it is raining, we will cancel. Check Wachiska’s website for directions to Dieken Prairie. If you would like to carpool, call the Wachiska office at least five days before the event and leave your name and phone number. If you have any questions, call Beth at 402-417-3928.


November Annual Meeting


Slide Show