Wachiska Audubon's Society's vision: to share the experience and love of nature - that life may flourish in all its natural diversity.
Wachiska Audubon Society
Enjoyment of Nature - It is important for any conservation organization to provide opportunites for its members to get together to learn more of natures secrets. Wachiska birding field trips each month visit some of the best birding areas in eastern Nebraska. Our general meetings, on the second Thursday of each month at Union College's Dick Auditorium. feature speakers on plants, birds, coral reefs, on Alaska, on the Platte River and many other subjects. Wachiska's annual Backyard Habitat Tour on Father's Day is an enjoyable way to see some of the best backyards in Lincoln for birds and nature.
Nature Education - Wachiska is active in educational activities for grade school students. We participate in Family Nature Nights at the Lincoln Public Schools, Earth Wellness Day, the Pfizer/Novartis Science Fair, Earth Day and the Water Festival each year. Each year we organize a bus trip for Lincoln kids to the visit the central Platte River. This is often the first time any of these kids will see the sandhill cranes for themselves. Our Prairie Discovery Days each September allow fourth graders a chance to visit and learn from a real tallgrass prairie. Our Population and Environment Committee has recently created a event for kids and their parents called Bird EnCOUNTer. These events, held at the Lincoln Public Libraries, introduce kids and parents to bird watching, bird feeding and Nebraska's hawks and owls.
Native Prairie Protection - Native tallgrass prairie is one of the world's most endangered ecosystems. Since the 1990s Wachiska has been working to protect some of the best remaining examples of tallgrass prairie in each of the seventeen counties in its membership area in southeastern Nebraska. Approximately 28 native prairies have been protected so far by our Conservation Committee. A number of these are open to the public for enjoyment, photography, birdwatching, education and research throughout the year.
Advocacy for the Environment - Wachiska's Legislation Committee meets monthly to coordinate efforts promote good conservation legislation and to stop harmful legislation at the state capitol. Recent issues we have worked on include protecting the use of conservation easements in Nebraska, attempting to protect Nebraska's prairie dogs, and protecting the Platte and Niobrara Rivers.
General Meetings - Wachiska Audubon Society is the local Audubon Society of Southeastern Nebraska. We were organized in 1973 and have been holding regular monthly meetings and regular birding field trips since that time. Our meeting time is 7:00 pm, on the second Thursday of every month. Our regular meeting location is the Dick Administration Building on the Union College Campus at 49th and Bancroft. Visitors are welcome to attend.
History - Since our chapter's earliest days, Wachiska Audubon has been interested both in the enjoyment of nature and in the effort to protect some of the most valuable parts of our state's environment. We participated in early efforts to protect flows in Nebraska's Platte River and to preserve the Niobrara River. Wachiska members started one of the first raptor rehabilitation centers in Nebraska. The Raptor Center is now recognized as one of the more important organizations for saving injured raptors in the central United States.