About

Staff

Meet the staff of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.

Meghan Sittler - Director

Meghan joins the Audubon team with a strong background in natural resource conservation and collaboration. Her professional experience includes eight years as the Coordinator of the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance, a stakeholder-driven partnership aimed at protecting the unique and critical resources of the Lower Platte River. Most recently with UNL Extension, she served as the Domestic Water/Wastewater Management Educator where she helped to facilitate and coordinate a statewide partnership focused on the protection of Nebraska’s water resources.

Meghan also has close personal connections to Spring Creek Prairie and our conservation mission. She grew up in Martell and attended Crete public schools. Her parents, Lyle and Alice, farmed land near Spring Creek Prairie; her sister and brother-in-law now farm there. Before his passing, Lyle was a member of Spring Creek Prairie’s stewardship advisory board. Lyle and Alice were keen proponents of conservation and have been recognized with many awards and accolades over the years for their conservation ethic.

Jason "the Birdnerd" St. Sauver - Senior Manager, Education

Jason became Spring Creek Prairie's education director in April 2015. He worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for many years in both the biological and environmental education fields, and most recently was the Education Manager and interim Center Director at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, Texas where he worked with people of all ages to share his love of nature.

Kevin Poague - Operations Manager

Kevin has been the operations manager for Spring Creek Prairie since 1998. He has worked as a biologist and educator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

He assists with education programs and helps conduct prairie bird surveys during breeding season.

Ed Hubbs - Habitat and Private Lands Manager

Ed joined the staff in fall of 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife emphasizing habitat management, and a minor in grassland ecology and management. Previously Ed worked in the Wildlife Division on public lands in eastern Nebraska for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Ed oversees the planning and execution of on-site habitat management, and works with local landowners and resource professionals to promote conservation minded land stewardship in the region.

Andrea Bornemeier - Educator

Andrea Bornemeier is SCPAC’s educator and volunteer coordinator. She came to Audubon from the National Park Service. She grew up in eastern Nebraska, but spent 27 years in the southwestern U.S. working at national parks and monuments doing programs for visitors, teaching, and working with volunteers. She absorbed birding from her mother and has enjoyed honing her birding skills since joining Audubon.

Amy Plettner - Caretaker

Amy has been with Spring Creek Prairie for nine years as caretaker and outdoor educator. Her poetry has been published in a variety of anthologies and journals, most recently The Sow’s Ear, burntdistrict, Rattle, Prairie Wind, and The Untidy Season.

Cacey Wilken - Conservation Field Technician

Cacey joined Spring Creek Prairie in early 2020, but first visited the tallgrass prairie as a fourth grader in the Prairie Immersion program. They oversee SCPAC’s GIS projects and monitoring efforts and assist with habitat management and conservation initiatives in the region.

Cacey earned a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, emphasizing conservation biology, which has led to research and education work as far as the Namib Desert in Africa. They are currently working on a GIS certificate program.

Jeff Wood – Seasonal Habitat Technician

Jeff joined the SCP team for the 2021 growing season as part of the habitat management team. He comes to Audubon with experience in conservation, private landscaping, and the nursery trade as well as a passion for native prairie plants. Jeff is excited to combine his interests and experience to maintain wildlife habitat on both conservation and working lands at SCP.

Emily Hruza - Marian Langan Conservation Education Young Leader

Emily comes to Audubon from Little Kingdom Children’s Center and has assisted with nature camp at Cedar Point Biological Station and afterschool programing at Riley Elementary in Lincoln.

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