(Posted 9/6/18) The western portion of the Rainwater Basin region provides important stopover habitat for many migratory waterbirds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and the endangered Whooping Crane. Restoration of Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) is a high priority for the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (WMD), particularly in the western portion of
Hear what your colleagues and neighbors had to say about the 2018 RWBJV Info Seminar in these short audio clips. Then, plan to join them in 2019 to learn, network, exchange information, and have a great time!
(Posted 1/12/18) Playa wetlands in the western portion of the Rainwater Basin are important stopover sites for millions of waterfowl and the federally endangered Whooping Crane during both spring and fall migration. Recognizing the value of these wetlands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) owns and manages 22 wetlands
(Updated 1/12/18) Join landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 23rd annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Hotel Grand Conference Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. The
(Posted 9/17) The Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and is located one mile northwest from the town of Atlanta in Phelps County, Nebraska. This WPA was purchased in 1964 and encompasses 1,147 acres, including a 488-acre playa wetland surrounded by
Atlanta, Nebraska may not be a destination for most people, but Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) will be a spring migration destination after this year’s extensive wetland and watershed restoration. Atlanta WPA is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and is one of the largest
This Kearney County Waterfowl Production Area was purchased in 1967, and consists of five tracts of land totaling 569.2 acres. The wetland footprint is 292 acres, and the Fish and Wildlife Service currently owns 98 % of this footprint. The Service also owns and manages 282 acres of associated upland
The Pintail Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and is located five miles south and 2 miles east of Aurora in Hamilton County. Pintail WMA contains approximately 360 acres of playa wetland and 118 acres of upland habitat. The 478 acres of
The Nebraska Sandhills contains the largest remaining grassland area in the U.S., along with abundant rivers, lakes, and wetlands. These habitats are an important resource for a variety of bird species including waterfowl and grassland-nesting birds. Recently, several conservation partners, including the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, U.S.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $75,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for its “Rainwater Basin Wetland Management” grant. The grant will help with ongoing work to control invasive plants such as reed canary grass, river bulrush, and hybrid cattail in wetlands on both private and public lands