Upcoming Field Trips
Discover Marsh Wren Community Wetlands
Sunday, October 15, 2:30 p.m.
Birders and hikers now have access to another rare saline wetland on the north edge of Lincoln. Marsh Wren Community Wetlands, stewarded by the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, is one of the latest salt marsh treasures to be protected and undergo restoration efforts funded partially by a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant through the City of Lincoln.
After many decades of human impact, the limited number of acres of remaining saline wetlands in Lancaster and Saunders counties gives our salt marsh habitat the dubious distinction of Nebraska's most imperiled natural community. The salt marshes of the Salt Creek area and its tributaries never were abundant in Nebraska, however. An article in an 1862 issue of Scientific American estimated four salt basins near Lincoln covered 16,000 acres. In 1990, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission inventory estimated only 1,200 acres of those saline wetlands were still remaining. Our October field trip will be an exploration of this newly opened salt marsh to get an overview of the property and also scout for migrating sparrows.
We'll meet at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, in the parking lot on the north side of Cracker Barrel in Lincoln which is located on North 27th Street next to I-80. Our hike will follow an old road, but anyone wanting to chase sparrows off the beaten path may want to dress for taller vegetation. Other recommended items to bring include a water bottle, insect repellent, and binoculars if you have them. There is no fee and the public is welcome. If you have questions, call John at 402-475-7275.