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At-Risk Bumble Bee Found at Audubon’s Spring Creek Prairie
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At-Risk Bumble Bee Found at Audubon’s Spring Creek Prairie

— A Southern Plains Bumble Bee was found in the tallgrass prairie near Denton, NE
Audubon Nebraska Centers Receive over $700,000 in NET Grants
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Audubon Nebraska Centers Receive over $700,000 in NET Grants

— Awards to Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary and Spring Creek Prairie will help protect the Platte River and tallgrass prairie habitats
Audubon’s Spring Creek Prairie to Reopen on July 15
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Audubon’s Spring Creek Prairie to Reopen on July 15

— Spring Creek Prairie announces new operating policies for reopening the visitors’ center
Audubon Hosts Virtual, Family-friendly Event about Fireflies
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Audubon Hosts Virtual, Family-friendly Event about Fireflies

— Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary and Spring Creek Prairie will host Lightning Bugs LIVE! on July 12
Native Plants in Nebraska Ditches: Demonstration Area Complete
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Native Plants in Nebraska Ditches: Demonstration Area Complete

— A new demonstration site for seeding Nebraska ditches with native plants

Native Garden at New Crete Library

The new Crete Public Library received a large, native garden installation thanks to Zoe Kraus, a Girl Scout and resident of Crete, NE. Zoe teamed up with Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center’s Plants for Birds team, Jason St. Sauver and Cacey Wilken, to make her Gold Star Project impactful and relevant to her community. The National Audubon Society’s Plants for Birds program advocates for the use of native plants to provide important resources for birds and create beautiful spaces that benefit the environment.

Zoe’s planting took place on April 24th, 2020 with the help of some of her troop and family members. She said, “My favorite part of this project was the planting day. I really liked getting to lay out how the garden would look and seeing my project come together.” The installation totaled 168 plants graciously donated by the Garden Club of Lincoln; out of those, 160 are species native to the Midwest or the tallgrass prairie that historically covered eastern Nebraska. Some of these plants include primrose, blue phlox, asters, beebalm, and coneflowers. Kay Kottas of Prairie Legacy Inc. was instrumental in the plant selection and design process.

After spending months working on this project, Zoe commented, “I learned about the properties of different native plants in the process of planning out my garden. Also, I learned about salt-tolerant plants. My garden borders the road, so I tried to use some salt-tolerant plants.” She would like others to consider planting native gardens because “[they] are great because they require less upkeep and provide food and shelter for insects and birds!”

Bigger-Than-Life Birds: Behind the Bird Billboards
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Bigger-Than-Life Birds: Behind the Bird Billboards

— “Watching Blue Jays in the morning over a cup of coffee, they just demand your attention!”
Native Plant of the Week
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Native Plant of the Week

Amanda Hegg of Rowe Sanctuary helps homeowners welcome birds into their neighborhoods

Audubon Celebrates Native Plants through New Facebook Series
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Audubon Celebrates Native Plants through New Facebook Series

— This year’s Marian Langan Young Leaders focus on boosting Audubon’s Plants for Birds program

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