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Game and Parks accepting 2018 trail grant applications

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting Recreational Trail Program (RTP) grant applications for fiscal year 2018 funding. The RTP is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions, such as communities, counties and natural resources districts, up to 80 percent of project costs for trail acquisition, development, renovation and support facilities. Applicants must have the financial means to undertake and maintain the project and all funding should be on hand. The …

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Papillion-La Vista going for three straight at 49th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Papillion-La Vista will be going for its third straight ladies team title this week at the 49th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot on May 3-5 on the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association (NTA) in Doniphan. Four of the five shooters from last year’s team return. Madeline Wilson, Zoe Timberlake and Nikayla Lambert were on the past two winning teams for Papillion-La Vista. Coco White also returns from last year’s squad. The Cornhusker Trapshoot is open nationwide to …

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Increased liquidated damages for game law violations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed into law a measure that increases liquidated damages levied against persons who violate certain Nebraska game laws by killing, possessing or selling wildlife illegally. Liquidated damages are assessed by the courts that are in addition to fines imposed for violating the game law. These monies from liquidated damages then are returned to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and credited to the Game Fund. LB 1008, which was introduced by Sen. Bruce …

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Nebraskans encouraged to celebrate birds throughout May

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LINCOLN, Neb. – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This legislation protects migrating birds such as hawks, shorebirds and songbirds, to name a few. This historic Act has allowed for once dwindling populations of numerous bird species birds to rebound through sound land management, hunting regulations and conservation measures. “Today, we know Nebraska plays a critical role on an international scale for migratory birds that have no borders, and it is our responsibility, …

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Capitol’s peregrine falcons select new nest site

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The peregrine falcon pair atop the Nebraska Capitol have apparently opted not to use the nest box placed on the 18th floor and instead have chosen a new site. The new nest site appears to be in a gutter at the base of the Capitol’s dome. One consequence of the falcons’ decision is that the nest and eggs are inaccessible and outside of the view of Falcon cam, which has provided streaming video of the nest box …

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April and May are the best months to catch crappies

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anyone looking for a fun springtime outdoor activity will find it in fishing. April and May are a great time to fish for crappies. “Crappies tend to move into shallow water near the shore in the spring, making them easily accessible to all anglers, whether they are in boats or on the bank,” said Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Bauer said crappies start moving on warm afternoons shortly after …

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Nebraska Game and Parks to host Family Nature Club in Norfolk

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Norfolk-area families are invited to engage in natural play outdoors at Family Nature Club. Family Nature Club is scheduled May 24, June 4, June 25, July 2, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Outdoor Classroom at the Northeast District Office in Norfolk, 2201 N. 13th St. At the Outdoor Classroom, participants can climb a tree, dig for bones, make a sandcastle, turn …

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Willows and Wings birding hike is May 19 at Willow Creek SRA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to celebrate International Migratory Bird Month by participating in Willows and Wings on May 19 at Willow Creek State Recreation Area in Pierce County. This event includes a bird identification hike and an introduction to eBird, an online citizen science tool for monitoring bird populations. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No park entry permit is required as May 19 is Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska. Flights of birders …

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Nebraska Project WILD to offer educator workshop focusing on birds

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Project WILD will have a free educator workshop April 30 in Norfolk to help teachers engage their students through birds. It will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Museum, 515 Queen City Blvd. Participants will receive a Birds of Nebraska field guide and Flying WILD: An Educators Guide to Celebrating Birds. Through more than 40 activities, the Flying WILD guide helps non-formal and formal teachers introduce students to birds and show …

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Furnas, Red Willow and Hitchcock producers eligible for cover crop initiative

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Ag producers in Furnas, Red Willow and Hitchcock counties are eligible to receive $49.29 per acre assistance for planting multispecies cover crops after wheat or other summer-harvested crop. Grazing is allowed on up to 75 percent of the field but is not required. Cover crops provide a supplemental forage source, suppress weeds, improve moisture infiltration, boost soil organic matter, and provide habitat for wildlife. The application deadline is May 18. This Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s Cropland Cover …

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