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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
Free Workshops Offered On-Line
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Free Workshops Offered On-Line

— First Series is Native Plant Power!
Great Backyard Bird Count - 2020
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Great Backyard Bird Count - 2020

— Events focusing on the Great Backyard Bird Count will occur on February 14, 15 and 16
Audubon Invites You to Celebrate 120 Years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count
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Audubon Invites You to Celebrate 120 Years of the Annual Christmas Bird Count

— Between December 14 and January 5, participants will join the world’s longest-running wildlife census, which contributes invaluable data to bird population research.
Treats, Cider, Music, and More During Free Holiday Celebration
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Treats, Cider, Music, and More During Free Holiday Celebration

— Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center hosts annual Holiday Open House

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