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Celebrate Game and Parks’ aquatic habitat program with Day at the Lake

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for a Day at the Lake, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Aquatic Habitat Program at the recently renovated Conestoga State Recreation Area, just southwest of Lincoln. A Day at the Lake, set for 3 to 7 p.m. June 18, will offer opportunities to fish from the bank or by kayak, experience fly-fishing or bowfishing — as well as the chance to use a stand-up paddleboard with PaddleLyfe, go kayaking or …

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Enders Reservoir BioBlitz postponed until September

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The Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area two-day Bioblitz set for May 20-21 has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Sept. 3-4 for people of all ages. Participants will help set reptile, amphibian and mammal traps,  as well as bat nets on day one. On day two, they’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the animals captured and released during the bioblitz. Professional biologists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, …

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Nebraska Game and Parks urges safety while boating

Nebraskans will enjoy this summer boating on waters across the state. To mark National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging boaters to keep safety the top priority. Boaters and paddlers should not take safety for granted. Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Before Launching – Ensure your boat is in good running condition. Get the boat …

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Lakes Mac and Ogallala enter second season of reservation requirement

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Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are entering their second peak season May 20 to Sept. 11 when reservations are required for all camping, including beach sites. Campers should book their reservation at the two state recreation areas before leaving home. Reservations can be made online at NebraskaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com, via the mobile app RA Camping, or by phone at 308-284-8800 during business hours. “Last year, guests reported being able to enjoy family-friendly camping experiences and days at the beach, while …

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Train to survey for rare butterflies

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Help document rare butterflies across Nebraska by getting trained to monitor for regal fritillaries and monarchs at one of three upcoming events. Trainings for the community science effort are: May 21: 1-5 p.m. at Schramm Park State Recreation Area, 21502 W. Highway 31, Gretna May 26: 1-5 p.m. via Zoom June 4: 1-5 p.m. at Homestead National Historical Park, 8523 NE-4, Beatrice Register to attend one of the trainings through their event listings at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Only one training session is required …

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New website a guide to Nebraska birding

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By Olivia DaRugna/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Birding is becoming one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities. With opportunities to observe birds from our yards to state parks, birds can be enjoyed by anyone and anywhere. To help assist those new to birding, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has launched the revamped Nebraska Birding Guide website, formerly known as Nebraska Birding Trails. The site highlights the unique, wide-ranging birding opportunities across the state. Birding opportunities are endless in …

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Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area temporarily closure; lake to be chemically renovated May 3

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Goose Lake in Holt County is scheduled to be chemically renovated, weather depending, May 3 to remove the existing fish population. It will be closed to the public that day. The rotenone treatment is aimed to eliminate common carp, an undesirable species detrimental to aquatic habitat and water quality. Because rotenone is a restricted-use pesticide, the area will be closed during the chemical application May 3 and no fish may be picked up for human consumption. “Goose Lake is in …

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Commission approves 2022 big game hunting recommendations

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2022 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons at its meeting April 28 at Niobrara State Park. Commissioners approved staff recommendations that will help the agency manage big game populations at socially acceptable levels, address declining mule deer populations in some areas of the state, and maintain resident access to hunting permits. Adopted changes to Commission orders pertaining big game hunting include: adding the Pine Ridge deer management unit into the Mule …

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Prepare for, participate in City Nature Challenge

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Join in two opportunities to learn about and participate in the Norfolk-Madison County City Nature Challenge, an effort to document nature and wildlife in urban places. On Friday, April 29, Jamie Bachmann, wildlife educator with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will teach participants how to make wildlife observations in iNaturalist, a free app used for the global challenge. The session is 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the southwest side of Skyview Lake, Norfolk. On Saturday, April 30, join local naturalists …

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Southeast state parks seek seasonal workers

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hiring immediately for seasonal jobs at its state park areas, including the Venture Park region of the Platte River. Openings are for a variety of positions across the state. All experience levels are welcome. The Venture Parks are Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks, as well as Louisville and Schramm Park state recreation areas. Opportunities include lifeguard at Mahoney, Platte River and Louisville, and guest services, preparing accommodations in modern cabins …

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