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Catch these Game and Parks education events in August

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled a month full of interesting and engaging events for the curious in August. Here are a few opportunities:

Four Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights scheduled for Aug. 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – Grab your fellow nature nerds and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as it hosts four Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights across the state Aug. 11.

Nature is cool, so there is no shortage of topics questions could cover. Get your teams of no more than five players and be ready to compete for prizes. Registration is not required.

These events are for adults only and are free to attend with a purchase from the host brewery.

The Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights, which begin at 7 p.m., are at: Scottsbluff – Flyover Brewing Company, 1824 Broadway; Lincoln – The Happy Raven, 122 N. 11th St.; Wayne – Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company, 121 N. Pearl St.; Elkhorn – Jukes Ale Works, 20560 Elkhorn Drive.

For more information and or questions, email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Nature Nerd Night: Musky Mustelids

LINCOLN, Neb. – Badgers, otters, minks and weasels belong to a stellar but stinky group of mammals known as mustelids.

Shaun Dunn, a zoologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will lead a virtual discussion about these creatures on Nebraska Nature Nerd Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

Learn more about the adaptations and unique abilities of mustelids, and which ones could be seen in Nebraska.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov to register. Questions may be submitted during registration.

The event is part of the monthly Nebraska Nature Nerd Night virtual series for curious adults. These webinars, on the third Tuesday of each month, explore the secrets and science of nature in through storytelling and conversation. For more information, email monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov.

Conservation Career Chat: Private lands biologist

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Aug. 18 in its series of virtual Conservation Career Chats. Michele Fuhrer-Hurt will discuss her duties as a private lands biologist.

Fuhrer-Hurt primarily works with private landowners to establish or improve wildlife habitat on their properties. The work typically involves using grant funds to implement prescribed fire, tree clearing and native prairie seedings on private properties. She also works with landowners through the Open Fields and Waters Program to open private lands for hunting, trapping and fishing access.

The series is held via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Central time as a different Game and Parks career is highlighted. Each interview will be recorded and uploaded to the Nebraska Game and Parks Education YouTube Channel.

See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for the registration link as well as a schedule of future Conservation Career Chats.

For more information, contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov or check out the Nebraska Wildlife Education Facebook Page.

Game and Parks to host The Science of Urban Wildlife virtual webinar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a virtual The Science of Urban Wildlife webinar at 3 p.m. Aug. 26.

Urban areas often thrive with diverse wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, raccoons, rats, mice, insects and many bird species. All of these are ecological generalists capable of inhabiting a variety of urban niches.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. See the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov to register.

The webinar will be recorded and posted to the Nebraska Game and Parks YouTube Education Channel. Contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov for more information.

Bird Walk at Fort Robinson State Park set for Aug. 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – Take a walk with a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission watchable wildlife biologist for an exploration of birds at Fort Robinson State Park at 9 a.m. Aug. 28.

Discover the resident birds as well as the migrating birds of the Pine Ridge. Learn about bird migration, and the successful conservation management practices that make this Natural Legacy Demonstration Site important for a variety of birds that rest and refuel at the park during their long journey south.

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Game and Parks and explore the unique birds of the Pine Ridge.

Call 402-471-5631 or email olivia.darugna@nebraska.gov by Aug. 26 to register. The event is free, but a park entry permit is required of each vehicle.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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