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Snipe program coming to Wildcat Hills. Really.

GERING, Neb. – It’s no prank. The Wildcat Hills Nature Center will present a program about snipe this week.

“Snipe: Reality or Legend?” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9.

Snipe, a wading bird with a long straight bill and mottled brown plumage, is an actual game bird in Nebraska, but many people know it better for its role in a common joke in which people are tricked into hunting a non-existent creature.

Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, said the program will cover a wide range of information about snipe – both the real bird and the imaginary one.

The program is open to all ages. The nature center is located at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area south of Gering. While there is no charge, vehicles must have a Nebraska Park Entry Permit.

The program is the second installment of the Wildcat Weekends series of events at the center. Other remaining Wildcat Weekend programs:

— Earth Day, April 13
— Wildlands Day/Free Park Entry Day, May 18
— Wildflower Walk, June 7
— Water Wonders, July 13
— Night Sky, Aug. 10
— Birds and Bagels, Sept. 14
— Lovin’ Dutch Oven, Oct. 12
— Bighorn Sheep Hike, Nov. 2
— Nature’s Gifts: Decorations from the Great Outdoors, Dec. 14

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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