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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.

She Goes Outdoors Podcast: Grab Your Binoculars!

She Goes Outdoors Podcast · Grab Binoculars For This One! American robin, arctic tern, bar-tailed godwit, sandhill crane, colorful waterfowl and hundreds of other bird species are with us celebrating spring! Anna Buckardt Thomas, avian ecologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resource, talks spring birding with us. Have your binoculars handy — you never know what will be in your area. Birding Organizations & Resources: Iowa Young Birders Group NE Young Birders Group www.birds.cornell.edu/home/ ebird.org/home App: Audubon Bird Guide …

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Five Trails to Hike This Summer

By Monica Macoubrie, Wildlife Education Specialist I recently saw the most incredible meme: It compared hiking with a naturalist versus hiking with someone who was there for physical activity. The naturalist finished the 1-mile hike in about 3 hours, while the person motivated by exercise finished in about 11 minutes. You may be wondering why the naturalist took so long to finish the hike. Well, if you have ever hiked with a naturalist, or someone who appreciates nature, you know …

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Rarer Than a Three-Spurred Rooster

By Cassidy Wessel, Wildlife Biologist I can remember the first rooster pheasant I ever held as a kid, standing over the trash can in our garage helping my dad clean birds and thinking that this brown, purple, blue, red and green iridescent thing might just be too pretty to pluck. And I’m sure I did think “pluck” — skinning a bird at that time would have been completely foreign to me. Pheasants were rare table fare. Being the fifth generation …

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She Goes Outdoors Podcast: Park Manager Lori Eberhard

She Goes Outdoors Podcast · Park Manager Lori Eberhard Lori Eberhard, park manager at George Wyth State Park in Iowa, is extremely passionate. Hear all about her dedication to the landscape, and how she is making a difference for other females seeking outdoor knowledge through the Outdoor Journey for Girls program. www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/Stat…/Iowa-State-Parks www.iwinr.com/outdoor-journey-for-girls 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 …

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Remembering Dick Turpin

How to Tell a Story Calling Dick Turpin a hunter education coordinator, turkey call maker, conservation officer, entertainer, songwriter or any of his other titles fails to describe who he was — a person who made you feel good when he was around. Regardless of what hat Turpin was wearing when you met, you would forever remember one of his greatest gifts was that of a storyteller. Long-time staffers at Nebraskaland agree that while PG-rated Dick Turpin stories were good, …

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When Omaha Was the Capital City

By David L. Bristow, History Nebraska Were it not for Francis Burt’s digestive problems, Bellevue might be Nebraska’s big city and Omaha its suburb. Francis Burt was Nebraska Territory’s first governor, appointed by President Franklin Pierce. (U.S. territories elected legislatures but not governors.) Burt arrived in Bellevue on Oct. 7, 1854. Why Bellevue? Towns were springing up all along the west bank of the Missouri River, but Bellevue was more established, having served as a trading post and Indian mission …

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She Goes Outdoors Podcast: Found Her Glass Slipper

She Goes Outdoors Podcast · Found her Glass Slipper Xa’Nel Cribbs was a bartender living the big city life. In a short amount of time, she discovered her love for the outdoors, developed archery skills and successfully harvested her own deer. Hear how Xa’nel sees herself representing black females in the outdoor space. 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 …

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Winter Wildlife Tracking

By Monica Macoubrie, Wildlife Education Specialist Winter is normally a time for hibernation. Sleeping five to sometimes nine months out of the year, animals will lay coiled up and cozy in an underground burrow, a pile of leaves or, as humans do, under a heated blanket in our beds. The negative temperatures, face-stinging wind, and feet and feet of shoveled snow could make anyone want to hibernate all season long in their heated homes. However, winter is a fabulous time …

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Larry Porter and His Sparrows

Larry Porter was a beloved former sports and outdoor writer for the Omaha World-Herald. He passed away March 2. In retirement, Porter pursued his interest in nature photography, and just before his passing, he contributed this story and photographs to Nebraskaland to publish on this site. We are saddened to learn about Porter’s passing, and we are sharing this story here now to honor his memory and legacy. — Nebraska Game and Parks Staff By Larry Porter People chuckle at …

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Nebraskaland 2021 Photo Contest

Best of Show BEST OF SHOW – Sandhill Crane Preening on Platte River Bank Photo by Britton Bailey, Aurora @bfbinstailey With more than 3,000 entries submitted through Instagram, the 2021 Nebraskaland Magazine Photo Contest drew a record number of stunning images from Nebraska photographers in the categories of Wildlife, Flora, Scenic and Recreation. This year’s Best of Show winner, “Sandhill Crane Preening on Platte River Bank,” by Britton Bailey of Aurora, was shot at Rowe Sanctuary in central Nebraska. “To …

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