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NEBRASKAland Magazine

Published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1926, NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to an engaging mix of outstanding photography and informative writing, highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parks, wildlife, history and people.

Bear With Me a Moment

By Roger Welsch Maybe it’s just a habit of old romantics like me, but I like to think that sooner or later, even the most unimaginative Nebraskan must wonder — maybe while watching an old movie or cruising along on Interstate 80 — what these Plains must have been like before the white man came. We know that many things have changed. The herds of bison that stopped trains for hours and the clouds of passenger pigeons that darkened the …

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She Goes Outdoors Podcast: Tick Talk

Tick talk — there’s a lot to be heard about this nasty, little, bloodsucking arachnid. Kait Chapman, an Extension Educator at Urban Entomologists, talks to us about the different species of ticks and how to protect ourselves from them. Learn more about ticks at the following websites: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html https://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/NebraskaTicks345.shtml https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/lancasterextension/14372/82347 Picture Id: American Dog Tick She Goes Outdoors Podcast · Tick Talk: Protect Yourself About She Goes Outdoors: Join a team of all-female hosts from Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa to …

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All-Season Dog Training

By Todd Mills Keeping your hunting dog in shape during the summer can be challenging, to say the least. With nothing to hunt, and kids and family activities getting in the way, it’s easy to neglect your hunting companion. Unfortunately, that can lead to frustration when fall rolls around. An out-of-shape dog can lead to handling issues as well as physical problems — all can result in anxiety, and in some cases, disaster. Although keeping your dog in hunting form …

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She Goes Outdoors Podcast: Backpacking

Have you thought about trying backpacking? What do you take? Where do you go? Why are ladies tossing in bare minimal essentials in a bag, hiking into the backcountry and camping for many days at a time? Guest Meghan Manary has hiked the hills of Nebraska and in many different countries. Listen to why she backpacks and what essentials she packs along. Host Rachel Alliss of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is also a backpacker, and she, too, will …

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A Researcher’s Field Season — Part III

By Allison Barg, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Graduate Assistant Read Part I: https://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2022/04/a-researchers-field-season-part-i/ Read Part II: https://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2022/05/a-researchers-field-season-part-ii/ One of the hardest and most interesting aspects of research is that answering one question generally leads to at least three new ones. For example: What is the best way to count pheasants? Answer: Males crow regularly during the breeding season, so we can listen for those calls and count how many we hear. Easy, right? But to make those counts useful, we …

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Nebraska’s Crayfish

By Grace Gaard, Outdoor Educator Crayfish – also known as crawdad, crawfish and mudbug – is no fish. It’s an arthropod and more specifically, a freshwater crustacean. With their jointed legs and protective exoskeleton, crayfish are a unique part of Nebraska’s aquatic ecosystems. A crayfish’s body is comprised of three main parts: head, thorax and abdomen – similar to their distant insect relatives. Where crayfish begin to differ from insects, however, is that they have five pairs of legs, giving …

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She Goes Outdoors Podcast: Veteran Finds Therapy in the Outdoors

Veteran Jessica Niccoli suffered from PTSD and MST, and she found the outdoors to be therapeutic. She hunts, fishes and participates in many other outdoor activities. Jessica has given back by leading many organizations that support Veterans. Hear her story! She Goes Outdoors Podcast · Veteran: The Healing Power of Outdoors About She Goes Outdoors: Join a team of all-female hosts from Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa to learn a little, laugh a lot and get inspired to get outdoors! To …

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Southwest Nebraska’s 1884 UFO

By David L. Bristow, History Nebraska The story went like this: A “blazing aerolite” crashed near Benkelman in the southwestern corner of Nebraska. Local cowboys found metal machinery scattered over the prairie, but the intense heat kept them from getting too close. Returning the next day, they found the remains of an object “about 50 or 60 feet long, cylindrical, and about 10 or 12 feet in diameter.” That was how the Lincoln-based Nebraska State Journal broke the news on …

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Get Your Buzz On

By Monica Macoubrie, Wildlife Education Specialist I grew up believing that the western honey bee (Apis mellifera), also called European honey bee, was the god of all bees. Now as an adult, I see things differently. Sure, the species is crucial to the production of honey and a central money maker in agriculture, but let’s face it: The western honey bee is essentially cows with wings. And because they are a domesticated species, almost all of their genes have been …

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Risk Assessment in Children

Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do By Jamie Bachmann, Wildlife Educator The words “risk” and “children” rarely fit comfortably in the same sentence. Well-meaning parents, myself included, do all we can to protect the most innocent from what we perceive as risk. We bandage every scrape. We make them aware of every potential danger they, assumingly, can’t possibly see. We remove every possible hazard within a two-mile radius. What happens, then, when those children inevitably go out into …

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