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Colleagues Say “Aloha” to Nebraska Conservation Leader

January 16, 2009 GRAND ISLAND – After fifteen years as coordinator of the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Steve Moran said goodbye to co-workers and colleagues on January 9, at a retirement party at the Interstate Holiday Inn in Grand Island. Dressed in Hawaiian shirts, many of the 130-plus guests shared

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Nebraska Conservation Leader Receives National Award

     Steve Moran, coordinator of the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, has been named as one of two U.S. recipients of the National Great Blue Heron Award. Sponsored by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the Great Blue Heron Award recognizes exceptional and enduring contributions to conservation of wetland habitat for

Ducks Unlimited Offers Free Wetland Disking in Rainwater Basin

September 8, 2008      Ducks Unlimited is offering landowners in the Rainwater Basin region an opportunity to have their wetlands disked free of charge. According to Tim Horst, Nebraska Lands Manager for DU, disking weed-choked wetlands helps control invasive plants, thus improving the plant community for the benefit of waterfowl

Small Wetlands Program is Fifty Years Old

     August 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of a habitat conservation initiative to protect habitat in the U.S. prairies for waterfowl and other migratory birds. The Small Wetlands Program, created by a 1958 amendment to the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act of 1934 (commonly called the Duck Stamp Act) authorized

Rainwater Basin Shorebird Research Appears in Scientific Journal

May 23, 2008      News about a little-known shorebird that frequents south-central Nebraska is featured in the most recent issue of an internationally-recognized ornithological journal.      Buff-breasted sandpipers — classified as a “highly imperiled” species by the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan in 2004 — are the subject of a study

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Receives Grants for Habitat Programs

May 12, 2008      The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture has been awarded three Nebraska Environmental Trust grants in 2008, benefiting programs to restore and protect wetlands and habitat in south-central Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin region.      The Nebraska Environmental Trust provides grants to organizations and communities state-wide to help protect and

Rainwater Basin Region Seeks Important Shorebird Designation

For Immediate Release (January 4, 2008) Grand Island – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture has initiated a public comment period, January 1-April 15, 2008, regarding its application for designation as a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) The Joint Venture is a partnership of

Conservation Partners Pool Resources to Provide Native Plant Seed

For Immediate Release (January 4, 2008) Local employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners in the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture met at Cottonwood Waterfowl Production Area in Phelps County for a pre-Thanksgiving tradition last week: their annual “seed-bagging day.” Wearing dust masks and wielding plastic scoop shovels,

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