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February General Meeting and Program

"Cat Wars"

by Pete Marra, PhD, Research Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

February 8, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Hardin Hall,
UNL East Campus
33rd & Holdrege

Pete Marra, a visiting ornithologist and conservation biologist, will talk about his new book Cat Wars that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership. The impact on wild birds will be discussed. Free admission and parking. This talk will take the place of our regular monthly meeting which would be the same day and time. NOTE change of location just for this event.

February Field Trip

Searching the Cedars at Branched Oak Lake SRA

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

On a jaunt to Branched Oak Lake north of Lincoln, we'll hike both cedar and deciduous areas to see if we can detect some of the birds utilizing those trees. We'll also check the lake for bald eagles and waterfowl that could potentially be present in substantial numbers depending on the amount of ice remaining on the lake. We'll meet at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 11, at Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area in the parking lot at the south end of the dam which is located just north of the intersection of W. Raymond and N.W. Crounse Roads.


Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Gere Public Library

Designed to complement the Great Backyard Bird Count February 16-19, bird-relate4d activities for the family will be offered, including live raptors to see up close and personal. Free to all.

For more about the GBBC, click on this: www.birdcount.org

Wachiska Spring 2018 Birdseed Sale

Order your birdseed by Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pickup dates:

Friday, March 16
3-6 PM

Saturday, March 17
9 -Noon

Pickup Location:
14th & Arapahoe Streets



Wachiska Travel

Southern Malawi

Join Wachiskans for a 10-day safari to Southern Malawi.

Wachiska has received several inquiries for the trip to Malawithat was proposed for this January; however, due to the need to have reservations and other pertinent arrangements firmed up by this time, it has been decided to postpone this idea for a year and, hopefully, a January 2019 trip can become reality.

At this point, there are about a half dozen interested people. The ideal size of such a trip would be 8-20. If you were contemplating taking part, please contact Nancy Hamer at 402-499-1306,
travelwachiska@gmail.com, or the Wachiska office directly.

Welcome to Wachiska Audubon Society

Our 45th Year of Protecting Nature 1973 - 2018

Wachiska Audubon Society was chartered in 1973 as a local chapter of the National Audubon Society to serve 17 counties in Southeast Nebraska. It is one of four such chapters in Nebraska. Dr. Walter Bagley and Betsy Finch founded the local chapter, which began with about a dozen interested folks.

It was thought that Wachiska was an Omaha Indian word meaning land of many streams at a time when Nebraska was considered to have more miles of waterways than any of the contiguous states.

The Mission of the Wachiska Audubon Society is to preserve and restore native grasslands and other natural ecosystems, promote birding, support native wildlife, provide educational opportunities and advocate on behalf of our natural environment and sustainability, especially in Southeastern Nebraska.

Monthly meetings feature guest speakers and programs on a variety of nature and environmental topics. Numerous field trips and special events such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, Birdathon and Backyard Habitat Tour highlight the program year and draw thousands of people from the community.

Wachiska Audubon provides volunteer and monetary support to local nature centers and sanctuaries such as Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and Pioneers Park Nature Center.

Our chapter takes pride in its role of preserving several tallgrass prairie remnants located in Southeast Nebraska.

Please follow the navigation bar above to learn more about our chapter!

Wachiska Audubon Society
4547 Calvert St. Ste 10
Lincoln, NE 68506-5643
(402) 486-4846



8 General Meeting, Cat Wars, by Pete Marra, East Campus Hardin Hall, 7:00 p.m. (NOTE change of location this month)

11 Field Trip to Branched Oak Lake, 1:00 p.m.

12 Conservation Committee, Wachiska office, 5:30 p.m.

13 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office, 5:00 p.m.

16-19 Great Backyard Bird Count

17 Bird EnCOUNTer, Gere Library, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

20 Board Meeting, Wachiska office, 7:00 p.m.

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

NO Education Committee meeting until further notice

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