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Water Is Our Life Blood

I have made the statement before, will make it again right now. . . . WATER will be THE issue of this century for western states including Nebraska.  Some of us are accused of being “chicken littles” because when we have a wet year, like we had in 2011, everyone forgets that many of our water resources are already being tapped at a maximum sustainable rate or more!  When we get a dry year, like 2012, everyone remembers that we …

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“Daddy Sang Bass. . . “

My Grandpa Bauer could pick up several instruments and play them, by ear.  I am told he and his brothers had a little band and played some barn dances and gigs like that in western Nebraska.  Man, what I wouldn’t give to hop in a time machine and travel back to listen to them play.  My Gramps Roth played the harmonica. Apparently, that music vein did not branch out into either limbs of my Bauer or Roth family trees.  I …

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Thank You!

I am thrilled whenever I hear about folks taking ownership in our natural resources.  Yes, I work as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and we are responsible for the stewardship of the state’s fisheries resources, but I will always tell you that those resources belong to you!  They belong to the people, they are your resources, my resources.  I have said before that I do not care how big or how little the project or …

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Bullhead Stockings

Let me highlight this news release that went out last week.  Maybe it will give you an idea of something to do with the kids this Labor Day–GO FISH. Black Bullheads Stocked in Four Eastern Lakes LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size black bullheads are being stocked in four eastern Nebraska lakes just in time for Labor Day weekend, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Valentine State Fish Hatchery is stocking 9- to 10-inch bullheads in the following lakes: …

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The Good Ole Days. . .

Our video productions guy, Ralph Wall was sorting through some old tapes the other day when he found this gem, a “Fishing Forecast” for 1984! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEFT2m01wsY[/youtube] Hey, wait a minute.  I was catching fish in Nebraska in 1983 and I don’t remember nothing like that!  And it weren’t in black & white neither! Actually if you listen to the audio, it is a legitimate Nebraska fishing forecast for that year.  But some “comedian”, and we do have a few of …

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Adventure Report, August 28, 2013

Got a fishing report to give you, but let me give a little background to the story.  Back in the mid-1990’s I worked for a couple of years in our newly-established fisheries management office in south-central Nebraska.  That region included much of the the Tri-County canal and reservoirs on that canal.  In the years I was there we were not able to spend much time on the canal reservoirs, but from what we knew of the high flow-through rates and …

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Careers in Conservation

School is starting up again.  I often have students ask about my education and what I did to end up being a pointy-headed fisheries biologist.  I have blogged about that before ( http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2010/09/go-big-red-and-blue/ ), but let me mention something even better that my fellow Nebraska Game & Parks Commission employees have produced: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VBV1vnMqlM[/youtube] By the way, I have been “around” for quite awhile now.  It is refreshing to have a number of younger, newer, enthusiastic pointy-headed fisheries biologists like Jordan …

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Worthwhile

I know I have already blogged about frogs once this week, but I have to share this with you. In my job I talk to a lot of people.  As is true with most Nebraskans, those people are by far, really great people.  “There is NO PLACE like Nebraska.”  But, I do hear some b-i-itching and complaining from time to time, and a little bit of that gets O-L-D in a hurry. But then I get letters like this one: …

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Froggin’

Bullfrog season opened last week.  For some of us that opener is anticipated as much as any other opening day for a variety of other game.  Frog legs are just so good. I blogged about froggin’ last year, and you might want to go back and review that information, http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2012/09/skinny-legs-skinny-legs/ .  Let me add a video that Ralph Wall put together for us.  It has already been posted on our Game & Parks FaceBook page, but in case you did …

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Carter Lake Revisited

It has been going on three years since the rotenone renovation of Carter Lake just across the road from the Omaha’s Eppley Airfield.  That was done as part of a major Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation project.  If you want to review the amount of work done, how extensive the project was at Carter Lake, here are some links that provide more details, http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2010/10/carter-lake-renovation-update/ , http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/water/lakerestoration/12report.pdf .  Yes, that last link is to a document published by the Iowa Department of Natural …

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