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ASO Acquires 10-Acre Cemetery Prairie Near Blair

The Audubon Society of Omaha is pleased to announce the acquisition on June 22, 2018, of the only known Missouri River Valley Loess Hills prairie in Nebraska. Saved from the plow and other incursions, the 10-acre cemetery prairie remains as it was when Native Americans were its only human inhabitants.

Its present name, due to be changed to reflect ASO's ownership, is the Cuming City Cemetery and Nature Preserve, located about three miles north of Blair, Nebraska, off Hwy 75. Its namesake, the town of Cuming City, disappeared in the 1870's.

This site will be extremely valuable to botanists and others dedicated to preserving remaining native prairies and plants. Glenn Pollock, Natural Areas Management Chair for ASO, arranged the transfer of the 10-acre site from The Nature Conservancy to ASO for the minimum required payment of the transfer ($1.00). Along with ASO President Matt Miller, Glenn will direct the management of the prairie.

Birds around the world eat 400 to 500 million metric tons of beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers, crickets and other anthropods per year. The research highlights the important role birds play in keeping plant-eating insect populations under control.

For the first three weeks in May, we (in eastern Nebraska) experience the fascinating phenomenon of warbler migration. Wood warblers are small, colorful perching birds that breed throughout North America and winter anywhere from the southern U.S. to the tropics, depending on the species. In all, about 48 different species of wood war-blers are regularly found in the U.S., and 41 of them can possibly be found somewhere in Nebras-ka. The Missouri River valley adjacent to eastern Nebraska provides a primary migration route for many eastern wood warblers, and about 35 species can be found in this area alone. Click "Read More" to download our May/June edition of The Meadowlark. The rest of the article is on page 2.

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