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Panhandle Passages with Justin Haag – Getting My Feet on the Ground

Getting my feet on the ground has always been important to me. Many of my most enjoyable experiences begin by stretching my legs over Nebraska’s magnificent landscape, whether I’m hiking the trails of Chadron State Park, launching my kayak for an afternoon of fishing at Carter P. Johnson Lake, flushing a rooster pheasant in Sheridan County, or wedging sand between my toes at Bridgeport State Recreation Area. Last week, however, I worked at getting my feet on the ground in …

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In the Field with Jeff Kurrus – A Night at the Aquarium

Always take a camera with you. When you don’t, you may see six raccoons sitting on the same tree limb in perfect sunset light. If it happened to me, it will happen to you. But aside from twice-in-a-lifetime photos, take a camera so you can see what your camera can do. Last night, I was curious how my Canon 5d would adjust to the low-light scenario at the aquarium inside the Cabela’s in La Vista. I’ve shot there before with an …

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2013 Outdoor Wish List

This morning I was listening to the radio and a broadcaster mentioned their sports wishes for 2013. While a huge sports fan, my brain immediately went in a different direction: outdoor wishes. And here is my list: 1)      to find myself lost at the Valentine NWR this spring, wading through cattails in search of bass and pike for at least one day with a pile of friends within shouting distance. 2)      to squirrel hunt with my Ruger 10-22. Several years …

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Synthesizing Lessons about Fire, Grazing, Plants, and Butterflies – The Prairie Ecologist

We just wrapped up a five year project funded by Nebraska Game and Parks through two State Wildlife Grants.  During the project, we enhanced grassland habitat for a number of wildlife species through fire and grazing management, and then measured the impacts on plant diversity and butterflies – particularly regal fritillaries.  You can see a summary of what we learned, and link to the full report, if you like. http://prairieecologist.com/2013/01/08/lessons-from-a-project-to-improve-prairie-quality-part-1-patch-burn-grazing-plant-diversity-and-butterflies/

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