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In the wetlands of the Rainwater Basin and across Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairies, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners achieve habitat conservation through cooperation and sound science. Landowners, conservation organizations and government agencies work together through Joint Venture projects and programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

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October 2018 – February 2019 Update

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Partnership Update Spring migration is right around the corner and conditions in the basins look to be as good as ever.  We might have the wettest conditions since 2001.  If you get a chance, make time to enjoy the greatest migration spectacle in North America.   Below

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June – September 2018 Update

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Partnership Update The September Management Board Meeting will mark the end of an era.  This meeting will be the last for Gloria Erickson and Mike Onnen.  With the retirement of Greg Reisdorff and the transition to retirement for Gloria and Mike, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture

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Our partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which manage public lands for wildlife habitat. However, agriculture producers and other private landowners are indispensable partners in habitat conservation. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture offers private lands programs that can benefit both agriculture and wildlife.



Eight out of ten years, I could never get in there and harvest that low spot. Now I can just put it out of my mind.

Clay County Farmer

As livestock producers, we can get benefits out of the wetlands, but those benefits also help the wildlife, hunters, and the migration.

RWB Cattleman

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