AmeriCorps Spotlight: Nate Ostdiek

AmeriCorps Spotlight: Nate Ostdiek

Meet Nate Ostdiek! Nate has been serving with Conservation Nebraska's AmeriCorps Common Ground Program since September 2022. He loves reading, hiking, camping, gardening, giving his partner's dog, Stella, belly rubs, and is a humongous fan of Star Wars. Nate graduated...

AmeriCorps Spotlight: Sarah McLain

AmeriCorps Spotlight: Sarah McLain

Meet Sarah McLain. Sarah has been serving with Conservation Nebraska’s AmeriCorps Common Ground program since March 2022. She loves traveling, gardening, baking, playing guitar, dying her hair, making mixed media art, and, most of all, meeting new people.Sarah has...

Staff Spotlight:  Favian Mendez

Staff Spotlight:  Favian Mendez

Meet Favian Mendez, former Communications Intern, now Program Manager for Conservation Nebraska!Favian was born in Washington and a few years later, moved to Crete, Nebraska when he was four. Like any child, he liked to spend time outside and ride his bike to the city...

Know Nebraska: Backyard Livestock

Nebraska is no stranger to livestock. Cows outnumber humans by 3.5x, and three Nebraska counties are currently among the top US cattle counties (Cherry, Custer, and Holt County). However, when thinking about livestock in Nebraska, one doesn’t typically tend to picture...

Know Nebraska: Foraging and Food Forests

Food insecurity is an issue that plagues communities across the nation. Food deserts, or areas where residences do not have access to a reliable source of healthy food within a convenient traveling distance (typically a full service grocery store, rather than a corner...

Know Nebraska: Nebraska Invasive Species

What are invasive species? Though the natural world doesn’t follow man-made borders, every species on earth has somewhere it originated from, and places where it would throw off the natural balance. The term “invasive species” describes any plant, animal, pathogen,...

Know Nebraska: Beekeeping in Nebraska

Beekeeping is a practice which has existed for thousands of years. It is thought that Egyptians were the first practitioners of beekeeping, starting the practice around 10,000 years ago; where they would utilize hollowed-out tree stumps to mimic the natural habitats...

Know Nebraska: Nebraska’s Green Infrastructure

Nebraska’s water resources are highly revered not only across the state, but across the country. Nebraska has the most groundwater out of any other state, due to the presence of the Ogallala Aquifer and we’re home to 80,000 miles of rivers and streams. Nebraska also...

Know Nebraska: Nitrates in Nebraska

What exactly are nitrates?Nitrates, which is a form of nitrogen, are plant nutrients needed for improved growth, but excess of these nutrients can cause adverse impacts on human health. When too much nitrogen or fertilizer is applied, plants cannot absorb the nitrates...