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What’s all the buzzzzz about? Nebraska’s state insect

Did you know that the state of Nebraska appointed the honeybee (Apis mellifica) to be the official state insect in 1975? Though not native, these little guys do a lot for us Nebraskans. Honeybees produce beeswax, propolis (aka bee glue), bee pollen, royal jelly, and one of my absolute favorite commodities, HONEY! Honey, or liquid gold, as I like to call it, has endless uses. Spread it on your peanut butter toast, drink it with hot tea to soothe your …

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Let’s Talk Fishing!

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I have a busy week ahead of me, and I will not be in the office for a lot of it.  So, before I head out the door, I wanted to let you know about his event that will be happening in York Wednesday night.  With the weather we have had recently, everyone will be chomping at the bit to fish, and this event Wednesday night will help at least a little bit as we talk fishing!  If you are in …

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Weekend Update

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Just for the record, this weather stinks!!!!  I have not had nearly enough ice-fishing this season!  WARNING:  DO NOT stroll up to me and start a conversation by stating how nice the weather is right now.  Growling and Grumbling will be forthcoming.  If you are the “blue bird of happiness” because of this February warm spell, just keep right on flying past me. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming. . . . I highly doubt that there will be …

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USA! USA!

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I suppose most of you have no idea about this, but the world ice-fishing championship is being held in the Ukraine even as I type!  How in the world do I know that?  Well, I know because we have one of our own, a Nebraska angler, on the USA team, Rob Greer!  Rob stopped by my office early last week, he was getting some errands done before he and the rest of the USA team headed overseas.  I can tell you …

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Unleash the Outdoors-Woman in You – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

Find ways to release the wild and empower your skills as an outdoors-woman this week as Julia Plugge, NGPC’s Outdoor Education Specialist, discusses building skills and breaking down barriers.  Plugge will have an insiders scoop on events and programs for adult women that are looking to expand their outdoor horizons.  From kayaking to trap shooting and fishing to wild edibles the great outdoors is ripe for the plucking by adventurous females. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening …

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Some Tips from the Ice

The extended forecast is not looking real good for our 2016 ice season, but I hope to squeeze out a few more days on the ice this winter.  I thought I would share some thoughts and tips I have been reminded of this winter. . . . I have said before that the variety of fishing lines we have available now is amazing.  I am old enough to remember when there were a handful of quality monofilament lines on the …

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The “Love” of Outdoor Cooking

Whenever the occasion arises, whether camping or in the backyard, I always light the fire pit for an outdoor treat.   The outside weather has never been a factor, anytime of year will do.   My family agrees a meal cooked over the campfire, grill or in the Dutch Oven, is simply irresistible. Skip the restaurant this year, and make your own Valentine’s Day dinner – in your backyard! This February 14, I will be preparing an Italian dinner, consisting of lasagna, …

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Outdoor Education Center to Close to Public During Events

LINCOLN – The indoor archery range at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will close to public use because of events, competitions or holidays on Feb. 13, Feb. 20 -21, Feb. 27, March 26, and March 27. The family-friendly facility, located at 4703 N. 44th St., fosters learning for all ages and skill levels. It includes indoor archery and firearm ranges, as well as an outdoor archery range. For more information, call 402-471-6141 or visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/outdooredcenter/. …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Certification Class

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I know this has been publicized already, but I want to give it another round and make sure as many folks as possible are aware of this opportunity: Rock Creek Station Hosting Youth Fishing Instructor Certification Jerry Kane January 19, 2016 Fishing, How To, NGPC News, Parks LINCOLN – Learn to teach youth and families the lifelong activity of fishing by becoming certified as a youth fishing instructor. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct this free workshop Feb. …

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Great Backyard Bird Count – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

Give the nation a snap shot of the birds living in your backyard this weekend as part of the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Dave Titterington from the Wild Bird Habitat Store will tell us how when he visits Nebraska Outdoors this Thursday evening.   We will also find out what our feather friends are up to this time of year and how you can attract them closer. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at …

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