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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.

Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer in full swing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding water lovers to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating. Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete a boating safety course and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska. Game and Parks offers three options for taking …

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Oglala Lakota storyteller featured at Ponca State Park event

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oglala Lakota storyteller Jerome Kills Small will be featured in a program July 7 at Ponca State Park. Kills Small will entertain with iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends) that were passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. The event is at 4 p.m. at the Resource and Education Center. A potluck dinner will follow. The event is made possible by Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library, Humanities Nebraska and …

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Permit required for tractors at Lake McConaughy SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding park visitors and area residents of the mandatory permitting process for tractors operating on the beaches of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA). Game and Parks has created a simple, required permitting process that follows state park regulations and allows for more towing operations on McConaughy’s beaches. All tractors are required to obtain an annual permit, regardless of whether they are for commercial or private use. There is currently …

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Riverview Marina SRA temporarily closed due to high water; other areas take precautions

LINCOLN, Neb. – Riverview Marina State Recreation Area (SRA) in Otoe County is temporarily closed to the public. Rising water levels in the Missouri River led Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff to close the area Tuesday. Riverview Marina SRA is adjacent to the Missouri River and offers river access. The closure includes campgrounds and the boat dock. Precautions are being taken in northeastern Nebraska as river levels rise. No park areas have been closed, but parks staff have moved …

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Capitol peregrine falcons’ second nesting attempt fails

LINCOLN, Neb. – A second nesting attempt this year by the peregrine falcon pair atop the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln has failed. The latest nesting attempt began near the end of May, when the female peregrine falcon laid three eggs in the nest box located on the Capitol’s 18th floor. Over the past week, two eggs disappeared, leaving one egg attended by the pair. By late Monday, June 25, the pair was incubating the remaining egg infrequently, and …

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EAB confirmed at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) on June 6 and has been confirmed by a state entomologist. Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) staff found EAB in a baited trap at the park’s Lakeside Campground. EAB is an invasive beetle native to Asia. It kills ash trees when its larvae feed on the inner bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Since first discovered in the United States …

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Ponca State Park features fun activities for all ages

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ease into July with a series of fun summer activities for all ages at Ponca State Park. June 27 – Take an introductory course to archery and muzzleloading, and learn how to make a bird feeder from everyday items in the home. June 28 – Learn how to shoot a pellet rifle, discover the types of wildflowers growing in the park, and find out about a giant creature that swam through the park 90 million years ago. …

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July Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. June 30-July 1 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31 July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in certain waters through …

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Game and Parks’ Family Nature Club in Norfolk canceled due to rain

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Family Nature Club event scheduled for June 25 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Northeast District Office in Norfolk has been canceled due to rain. Family Nature Club invites Norfolk-area families to engage in natural play at outdoors. Additional Family Nature Club events also are scheduled for July 2, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Norfolk office’s, Outdoor Classroom, 2201 N. 13th St. Contact Bachmann for more …

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Commission approves mountain lion hunting season for 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2019 at its meeting June 22 in Ogallala. The season will provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. The season will allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This will initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge …

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