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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.

Anglers should get familiar with redesigned 2021 Fishing Guide

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A newly designed 2021 Fishing Guide makes it easier for anglers to find regulations specific to a water body and for new anglers to identify their catch. The recently released guide, published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is a summary of Nebraska’s regulations, orders and statutes pertaining to fishing. Regulation changes for 2021 can be found on page 7 of the guide. Three main changes to the guide from the previous year include: • new …

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Deadline approaching for Nebraska Fish Art Contest

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Students can show off their art and writing skills by participating in the second annual Nebraska Fish Art Contest. The deadline for this contest for youth in kindergarten through 12th grade is March 31, 2021. Enter at statefishart.org. This free art and writing competition, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Wildlife Forever and Bass Pro Shops, gives young people the opportunity to highlight their artistic talents while learning about fish, fishing and aquatic conservation. Participants …

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Participate in virtual fisheries meetings in March

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in a virtual discussion on fisheries management during meetings March 1-4. These public informational sessions – one statewide overview and four others specific to each of Game and Parks’ districts – will provide local updates on the fishing outlook and special projects in respective areas. The informal, interactive gatherings will provide a chance for questions, dialogue and feedback. The virtual meetings will take place on Zoom, a free app that …

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Investment in outdoor recreation continues at Lake McConaughy

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas in 2021 will continue to see improvements to infrastructure, amenities, facilities and accessibility around the two popular reservoirs. Projects the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled for construction in 2021 are: • A large boating access project at Martin Bay and Cedar View has begun and will include improvements, such as new boat ramps and docks, accessible parking, a fish-cleaning station, restrooms and area lighting. The …

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Join Game and Parks for zoologist Conservation Career Chat Feb. 17

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Feb. 17 in its series of virtual Conservation Career Chats. Zoologist Shaun Dunn will discuss his duty of keeping track of Nebraska’s nongame mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Dunn also will discuss his career path, education and fun experiences he has had working to conserve species in Nebraska that have declining populations. Participants are encouraged to ask questions relating to the career field. The series is held via Zoom …

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Game and Parks offering monarch butterfly workshop for educators

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators interested in incorporating monarch butterflies into their teaching are invited to a free virtual workshop March 16 and 23. During the Monarchs on a Mission workshop, participants will explore the life cycle, migration, habitat requirements and conservation concerns of the monarch butterfly. The workshop incorporates inquiry-based, hands-on activities covering subjects such as math, science, art and language arts. The workshop, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. Central time, is designed for after-school groups and formal …

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Game and Parks to co-host invasive species webinar series

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn about invasive species during a five-part virtual webinar series during National Invasive Species Awareness Week Feb. 22-26. The series, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Invasive Species Program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will focus on a different topic each day. The webinar schedule is: Feb. 22 – Invasive Species 101, Feb. 23 – Invasive Plants, Feb. 24 – Invasive Wildlife, Feb. 25 – Invasive Aquatic Species, Feb. 26 – Invasive …

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Start planning fishing trips with 2021 Fishing Forecast

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can start planning fishing vacations or researching their strategies for the year with the 2021 Fishing Forecast, a publication available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The publication contains fish sampling data, along with a forecast of where anglers may find large quantities and large sizes of certain fish in various waters across the state. Game and Parks biologists annually sample fish populations. Some of the largest bodies of waters are sampled every year, while …

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Tax season provides opportunity to support Nebraska wildlife conservation

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans receiving an income tax refund this year have an opportunity to support wildlife and habitat conservation. On Line 46 of the Nebraska state income tax form, 1040N, individuals may donate $1 or more of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, which helps thousands of species in Nebraska, particularly those that are rare, endangered or threatened. Tax refund donations have benefited many species over the years, including the river otter, swift fox, peregrine falcon, …

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day Feb. 2 with virtual presentation about Lincoln wetlands

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Celebrate World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 by joining Conservation Nebraska and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in a fun virtual presentation about the wetlands near Lincoln. Wetlands are a cornerstone for a thriving Nebraska ecosystem, and over the years, Nebraska has redefined its relationship and commitment to wetlands. Game and Parks’ Ted LaGrange, wetlands program manager, and Grace Gaard, aquatic ecology education specialist, will help increase your knowledge of wetlands and answer questions. This hour-long …

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