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A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

See Spring Waterfowl Migration near Metro Area

If you live in or around the Omaha-metro area, you don’t have to travel very far to experience the spring migration of waterfowl. I took these shots today along the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers in western Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The rivers were busy places with ducks and geese here and there! I caught the tail end of a bald eagle that was pursuing waterfowl, too! Here is a broad shot of the eagle in pursuit-mode after some flocks of …

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Terry Kriz on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Terry Kriz of the Oak Creek Sporting Club near Brainard, NE will by my special guest on this Saturday’s Great Outdoor Radio Show. Here’s Terry visiting with Tom Osborne. Terry will talk about the upcoming Hunt with the Huskers benefit event for Tom Osborne’s Teammates Mentoring Program at Oak Creek, along with what it’s like to own and operate a licensed Nebraska Controlled Shooting Area and what they offer for outdoor recreation. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host is …

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Back to School

I’m heading back to school. Well, sort of. These next three weeks I’ll be reading  books to students in Omaha Public, Millard Public and Omaha Catholic Schools. March is a big book reading month here in the metro area. As a matter of fact, I read to third graders at Bancroft Elementary School in southeast Omaha already this week. I sure enjoyed that and more importantly, I think the kids did, too! I will never tire of reading books to …

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Going Crane Watching on Channel 6 Outdoors

On this week’s edition of my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 and online at www.wowt.com, we’re heading to Nebraska’s central Platte River valley between Grand Island and Kearney to view the spectacular spring migration stopover of sandhill cranes and other wild fowl. It’s quite a sight to see! Check out these great photos of the cranes taken by co-worker Katie Stacey of our Game and Parks Omaha-Metro Office. Experience the movement and sounds of the world’s largest gathering …

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THE FISH CARS

My job at Game and Parks is always interesting and everyday is a learning experience (even with my 34 years of knowledge, HA!). Below is an example of that. Recently, I was forwarded an inquiry about a postcard a gentleman had come across of a train car with the name Nebraska Game and Fish Commission on it. I knew from working at the Ak-sar-ben Aquarium fisheries facility near Gretna many moons ago that this was indeed a fish car. Interestingly, …

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GET TO INTERVIEW COACH, HELP TEAMMATES AND HUNT WITH THE HUSKERS

I am thrilled and honored to be part of the upcoming Hunt with the Huskers event on March 23rd which is a pheasant hunting fundraiser for Tom Osborne’s Teammates Mentoring Program (www.teammates.org). It will be a wonderful opportunity for me to connect  with Coach Osborne again (yes, I said “Coach”) and visit about his program and various outdoor topics on my radio show! It will also be nice to see my good friend and legendary Nebraska sports broadcaster Adrian Fiala …

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TALKIN’ SNOW AND ROSS’S GEESE ON TALK SHOW

Waterfowl hunting guru Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE  with his famous Sillosocks Darn Fine Decoys (www.SilloSocks.com) comes to my talk show airwaves this Saturday morning to talk about what he knows thoroughly — hunting Snow and Ross’s geese during this late winter/early spring light goose conservation order on them. Trust me, this is an exciting hunt! My live, one-hour, interactive outdoor program is called The Great Outdoor Radio Show. It’s title-sponsored by Mahoney State Park and airs on Saturday mornings …

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VISITING SCHRAMM PARK ON CHANNEL 6 OUTDOOR REPORT

We’re heading to southern Sarpy County on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 this week. We have our park permit and are going to the Schramm Park State Recreation Area/Ak-sar-ben Aquarium on Highway 31 about nine miles south of Gretna (my hometown) for some fun winter recreation and wildlife viewing. The Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE on WOWT-TV/Channel 6 and online at www.wowt.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. Rossy and I …

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TURKEYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

I received a phone call yesterday from a woman who lives in a neighborhood just north of Zorinsky Lake in west Omaha concerning problematic wild turkeys. We have a lot of wild turkeys in and around Omaha, and, as some of you know, they are not wary of us humans. In fact, as neat as they are to see, turkeys may become a nuisance by roosting on roofs, in trees near homes, and on decks, and they are known to …

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THE RIVERS LEAST-FLOATED

While working the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show yesterday, I was reminded about a couple Nebraska rivers not floated much that have nearly constant water levels year-round being spring-fed by the massive Ogallala Aquifer. That reminder was prompted by a good friend in Nebraska’s outdoor recreation scene – float trip outfitter Mitch Glidden of Mullen, NE. Mitch, along with his wife – Patty (she really runs things, sorry Mitch), own and operate Glidden Canoe Rental and the Sandhills Motel …

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