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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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A Sledding Video

Let me be honest. What you’ll see in the attached video is not entirely accurate. I did briefly drag my feet in the middle of my run down the Mahoney State Park Toboggan Run. Why? To be very honest, I was afraid. Very afraid. So for you thrill seekers out there, this is a great option close to Omaha and Lincoln. And if you’re a parent (or scaredy cat), you can also put the brakes on like me. JK  

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Happy (Dry) New Year – The Prairie Ecologist

It’s hard to know what 2013 will bring for moisture, though the snow on the ground now is a good start.  Although 2013 was as dry as we’ve ever seen (at least in some places) it was just a single year.  Prairies have survived decades of drought before, so they’ll be just fine.  Probably. Read more here: http://prairieecologist.com/2013/01/01/happy-new-dry-year-2013/

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