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White-nose syndrome confirmed in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that affects hibernating bats, has been confirmed in Nebraska. The disease was confirmed after several dozen dead bats were discovered during a recent survey of a mine in Cass County. The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, confirmed the disease in three bats from the mine – a little brown bat, a northern long-eared bat and a tri-colored bat. Nebraska is the 30th state to confirm the …

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Public encouraged to report whooping crane sightings

LINCOLN, Neb. – The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings. Information on crane sightings is used to affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts positively. Report any sightings to Game and Parks (402-471-0641), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (308-379-5562), or The Crane Trust’s Whooper Watch hotline (1-888-399-2824). Emails may be submitted to …

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Enjoy live comedy at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Come out to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park with the family and enjoy live theater. Now through April 9, the lively comedy “Always a Bridesmaid” is showing at the Kountze Memorial Theater. In this comedic romp produced by Medicine Wagon Productions, four best friends promise on prom night to be in each other’s weddings no matter what. More than 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor …

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Platte River Art Show April 1-2 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN – Browse artworks by nationally known artists at the Platte River Art Show, set for April 1-2 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This event, hosted by Prairie Images, will be held at the Peter Kiewit Lodge from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the following day. The works of art for display and sale will include wildlife, landscape, cityscape, portrait, still life, Native American, Southwest, Americana and Impressionistic paintings in a variety of …

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Outdoor Adventure coming to Indian Cave SP April 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a day of fun activities along the Missouri River at the 6th Annual Outdoor Adventure on Saturday, April 29, at Indian Cave State Park. Activities include a mushroom hunt contest, fish fry, hayrack rides, archery, kayaking, youth horseback rides, and demonstrations of a cider press and Dutch oven cooking. There will also be a Half-Price Youth Lifetime Permit drawing and a Raptor Recovery program. Runners can take part in the 1-mile Morel Mile and 5K Mushroom …

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Inaugural Bacon and Beer Feed at Fort Atkinson SHP set for April 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy locally-made bacon and beer at the inaugural Bacon and Beer Feed at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on April 29. Tickets include an appetizer and three courses of bacon dishes made using heritage-breed pork cured and smoked by Cure Cooking of Fort Calhoun. Too Far North, also of Fort Calhoun, will have local beers available for purchase to pair with each course.  Tickets are $30 for adults and kids ages 12 and older, and $18 for …

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Take boater safety course before season begins

LINCOLN, Neb. – While boating season still is months away, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission suggests that now is the time to take a boater safety course. A list of boating safety classes is available at boatsafenebraska.org. The list includes six-hour classroom courses and three-hour home-study review and test courses. More classes will be added to the list during the year. Persons born after Dec. 31, 1985, who operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska, must have successfully …

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Tests confirm spread of CWD to Lancaster County

LINCOLN, Neb. – A sick deer in Lancaster County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease, in early March. This is the first known case of CWD in Lancaster County.  CWD is a degenerative disease that attacks the brain of an infected deer or elk, eventually causing emaciation, listlessness and death. It is generally thought that CWD is transmitted from animal to animal through the exchange of bodily fluids, but other modes of transmission may exist. …

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Big Game Society to auction elk tag April 13

LINCOLN – A bull elk tag will be auctioned off at the Nebraska Big Game Society (NBGS) banquet Thursday, April 13 in Lincoln. The banquet will be held at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, 1800 Wilderness Woods Place. Those who wish to bid but cannot attend may call in their bids for free. Call-in bidders must first notify the NBGS by 5 p.m. on April 7 at 402-430-9191 or via email at NBGS11@gmail.com. Only residents are eligible for the tag, which …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to consider 2017-18 waterfowl season dates during March meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider proposed dates for the 2017-18 waterfowl seasons during a March 17 meeting in Grand Island. The meeting will take place at the Full Circle Venue and Conference Center at Boarders Inn and Suites, 3333 Ramada Road, and is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. During the meeting, the Commission will consider recommendations for waterfowl seasons including opening the early teal season on the Saturday after Labor Day – approximately …

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