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Bird, Tomahawk Programs Set at Chadron State Park

Amanda Filipi and snake
Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, introduces Wilbur the hognose snake to a pair of Chadron State Park visitors. The two youngsters, Anna and Mitzi Byrd, were among the attendees at the park’s 93rd anniversary celebration earlier this month. (NEBRASKAland Magazine/Justin Haag)

Birds and tomahawks are the topics of a pair of nature programs at Chadron State Park this weekend.

Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, will lead a birding program at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28. Following at 10:30 a.m., she will teach participants to throw a tomahawk “like a regular Daniel Boone.”

Those participating in the birding program will learn about species’ adaptations, extensive migrations and unique field marks. They will also enjoy a short hike around the park to seek the many species of birds. For hikers without binoculars, a set will be provided.

Participants of the tomahawk program will learn about the weapon’s history and supplies needed for the hobby. Those ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult will have the opportunity to try their skills at throwing.

Each activity begins at the park’s Trading Post and is open to the public free of charge. Vehicles are required to have a park entry permit, available for purchase online at outdoornebraska.org or at the park’s entrance.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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