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Central parks seek seasonal workers

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting applications for seasonal jobs at parks in the central Nebraska. All experience levels are welcome. Calamus, Victoria Springs, Windmill, and Fort Kearny state recreation areas offer job openings in park maintenance, office work and at entrance booths. Hands-on experience in these roles can build skills that lead to successful careers, or offer opportunities to put skills already earned to work in a fun atmosphere. Learn more or apply at outdoornebraska.gov/workinapark.

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Five ways to get involved in Nebraska Bird Month

LINCOLN, Neb. — This May, join fellow bird lovers in celebrating Nebraska Bird Month by getting trained, celebrating birds, and boosting research through a variety of events planned across the state. More than a dozen events, such as the statewide Nebraska Bird Month 2021 BirdBlitz, provide opportunities for all skill levels. Here are five ways to get involved: Get iNaturalist trained: Learn how to use this online-based, community science platform to document Nebraska’s birds and help collect real scientific data; this …

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Reservation system for Lake McConaughy to launch April 21

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The updated online reservation system for all Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas’ campsites will launch at 8 a.m. Mountain time April 21 through Reserve America. The updated system reflects recent changes at the state recreation areas that require an advance reservation for all campsites, including beach camping areas and former first-come, first-serve campground sites, between May 21 and Sept. 12, 2021. Reservations can be made online at NebraskaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com, via mobile app RA Camping, or by …

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New monthly series by Game and Parks to explore science of nature

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A new monthly series by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will explore the science and secrets of Nebraska nature. Nebraska Nature Nerd Night, a free webinar series for adults, will begin at 7 p.m. Central time April 20 and will continue on the third Tuesday of every month through November. The series with science educators and guests will cover everything from bees to birds and fossils to parasites. “We’ll dive deeper into the remarkable world of …

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Long Pine SRA reopens to public

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Long Pine State Recreation Area has reopened to the public after a cedar tree removal project finished early. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission removed trees near the park’s nearly 30 campsites, an effort to improve the recreation area that offers camping, fishing, hiking and an archery range to guests. To learn more about Long Pine SRA, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/longpine.

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Public urged to leave wildlife babies alone

LINCOLN, Neb. — Seeing young wild animals, such as deer, possums, ducks, rabbits and song birds, alone is common this time of year. Though the inclination may be to intervene, the best choice is to leave the animal alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: BIRDS: Young non-feathered birds and nests with eggs discovered on the ground should be placed back in the tree. Baby birds covered in feathers found on …

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Gray wolf confirmed in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Genetic testing results recently confirmed a large canine killed Jan. 28, 2021, near Ueling, was a gray wolf. The female wolf had been legally shot by coyote hunters, who contacted the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Genetic testing showed the animal originated from a population of wolves found in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. “This is the third confirmed instance of wolf presence in Nebraska since the early 1900’s,” said Sam Wilson, Game and Parks Furbearer and Carnivore …

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Take ’em Fishing to share love of the sport

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Catching fish is fun and addicting. The more fish you catch, the more you want to keep fishing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages experienced anglers to share that feeling and introduce people to fishing in the third year of Take ’em Fishing. Experienced anglers who participate will know they’ve introduced someone to an activity they can enjoy for a lifetime, while also sharing their love of the sport. “Most everyone who loves to fish learned …

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Duck hunters will choose from two bag limits this year

LINCOLN, Neb. — Duck hunters in Nebraska and South Dakota will choose between two daily bag limits — two tiers of limits — before waterfowl season this year. The new “two-tier” duck hunting regulations recently adopted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and allows hunters to select between Tier I or Tier II when they register for their Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Tier I is the current traditional six-duck limit with species and sex restrictions. Tier II is a …

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Long Pine SRA to temporarily close to public for tree removal

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Long Pine State Recreation Area will be closed to the public between April 11-18 for cedar tree removal. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin removing and grinding trees near the park’s nearly 30 campsites, then will continue working to remove cedars across the 153-acre tract in north central Nebraska’s Brown County. The effort will improve the recreation area that offers camping, fishing, hiking and an archery range to guests. Closed signs will be posted at the …

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