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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.

June Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1 – Pollinators workshop, Public Library, Norfolk, 6:30 p.m., 402-370-3374 June 1 – Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan public informational meeting, Quality Inn, Ogallala, 7 p.m., 402-471-5424 June 1-3 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Beyond …

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Birds at the Fort Event Set for June 4

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LINCOLN – Spend a morning with the birds at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park’s (SHP) Birds at the Fort event on June 4. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will receive hands-on instruction on how to identify local bird species and how to choose and use binoculars. Participants will then use their newfound skills while hiking around the fort. The morning will wrap up with a presentation by Nebraska’s Raptor Recovery group. The event is one of dozens across the state …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Urges Safety While Boating

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LINCOLN – Nebraskans will enjoy this summer boating on waters across the state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges boaters to keep safety the top priority. Boaters should not take safety for granted. The Boating Safety Section of Nebraska Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wear a Life Jacket – Children under age 13 and anybody on a personal watercraft are required …

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Boat Launch Facilities Open at Mulberry Bend, Elk Point Bend WMAs

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LINCOLN – New Missouri River boat ramps at Mulberry Bend and Elk Point Bend wildlife management areas (WMA) in Dixon County are now open for public use. The boat launch facility at Mulberry Bend has been rebuilt following damage from 2011 flooding. The concrete boat ramp has been replaced, bank stabilization added and a new restroom installed. All improvements are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible. The new boat launch facility at Elk Point Bend will provide access for river …

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Enjoy Variety of Memorial Day Weekend Events at State Parks

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LINCOLN – Enjoy the outdoors at more than a dozen events in Nebraska state parks over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – 30. The events are as diverse as the parks themselves. They include: May 28 – Migratory Bird Day, Indian Cave State Park (SP): Participate in a guided bird hike, a fish fry, outdoor movie and a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. May 28 – Trout Presentation and Clinic, Two River State Recreation Area (SRA): Watch a presentation on trout, …

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High CRP Enrollment Great News for Nebraska Wildlife Conservation

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LINCOLN – Many of Nebraska’s habitat programs will get a boost from recent Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-ups. More than 76,000 acres in Nebraska were enrolled or re-enrolled in CRP during the sign-up period earlier this year. This will be the first year overall CRP enrollment in Nebraska will increase since 2007. These sign-ups, combined with land already enrolled in CRP, bring the state’s total acres enrolled in CRP to 773,203. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced enrollment figures …

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Leave Wildlife Babies Alone

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LINCOLN – It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: — A lone fawn, or other young bird or mammal, may appear to be abandoned or injured, but the mother frequently is off feeding or drinking. Do not move it. …

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Road Work Scheduled on Exit to Mahoney and Platte River State Parks

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LINCOLN – Visitors who use Interstate 80 to enjoy Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks (SP) will encounter road construction at exit 426 this summer. The project will include both directions of Nebraska Highway 66 between 274th St., west of Mahoney SP, and E. Rock Creek Road, west of South Bend. This will include a lane closure on the interstate overpass with an 11-foot width restriction. Drivers should consider alternate routes to Mahoney SP to avoid the restricted …

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Nebraska Game and Parks to Host Free Workshops on the Power of Pollinators

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host seven free workshops about the power of pollinators and measures homeowners and others can take to protect them. Pollinators are insects and animals that transport pollen between plants, ensuring that those plants produce fruit or seeds. Common pollinators include bees and butterflies. Pollinators are critical to our environment, food supply and economy, but their numbers are in decline. By establishing backyard pollinator gardens as a source of food and shelter …

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2016 Marks Centennial of Historic Migratory Bird Treaty

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission joins other national and international conservation agencies in celebrating the centennial of the historic Migratory Bird Treaty. The United States and Canada signed the Migratory Bird Treaty in August of 1916, adopting a system of protection for nearly all migratory bird species that inhabit – and often migrate between – the United States and Canada. Mexico signed a similar treaty in 1936. National and international cooperation is essential for protecting and conserving …

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