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Fly Fishing School is June 20 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium

LINCOLN – People looking to learn the basics of fly fishing are invited to attend Fly Fishing School on June 20 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and Schramm Park State Recreation Area. This six-hour class will be presented by the Cornhusker Fly Fishers beginning at 9 a.m. It will cover such things as casting, terminology, fly selection, catching fish, strategies, fish food, and ethical handling and releasing of fish. The cost is $15. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To …

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Park Visitors Asked to Restrict Firewood Movement

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is asking campers to restrict the movement of firewood to prevent the entry of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) into the state. EAB is a tree-killing beetle native to Asia. It can move from state to state in firewood. Emerald ash borer has become established near Creston, Iowa, just 60 miles from the Nebraska border. To date there are no confirmed reports of EAB migration into Nebraska. As in recent years, …

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Four Nebraska Lakes Among Top 100 for Fishing and Boating

LINCOLN – Voters have selected four Nebraska lakes to a list of 100 family-friendly boating and fishing lakes in the nation. The following Nebraska lakes made the annual top 100 list, which is compiled annually by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF): Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), No. 14; Harlan County Reservoir, No. 28; Lake Wanahoo SRA, No. 47; and Two Rivers SRA, No. 73. Florida’s Everglades National Park was voted the No. 1 place to fish and …

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Family Fishing Events Scheduled for 2015

LINCOLN – Another summer of family fishing fun is scheduled with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s series of Family Fishing Events. Family Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available for free. Look for the Family Fishing Trailer at each site. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required. All …

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Capitol Peregrine Falcon Chick Banded

LINCOLN – One male peregrine falcon chick from the nest box near the top of the Nebraska Capitol building was banded and given a checkup Friday, May 29. “The banding went very well and the chick appears to be in very good shape,” said Joel Jorgensen, nongame bird program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “The young male has everything he needs to be successful.” Peregrine female A/*Y laid four eggs in late March and early April, with …

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Celebrate National Trails Day on June 6

LINCOLN – Enjoy any of the thousands of miles of Nebraska state park system trails to commemorate National Trails Day on June 6. A priority of National Trails Day is to make people aware of trails and promote their use as healthy outdoor activities. Nebraska’s state parks trail system has more than 1,250 miles of some of the most diverse land and water trails to be found anywhere. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s state parks have natural trail settings …

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Living History Scheduled for June 6-7 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN – Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) on June 6-7. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., volunteers will demonstrate period trades, such as blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing and coopering, as well as crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving. A “Remembrance to the Fallen” will take place on the parade grounds each day at 2 p.m. Fort Atkinson SHP, the first military post west of the …

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Updated June Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1-7 – Guided hikes, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 June 1, 15 – Pistol League, Platte River SP, Louisville, 402-471-5547 June 2 – Outdoor Chef Junior, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m., 402-471-6141 June 2, 16 – Ladies’ Day at …

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Family Dining Returning to Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN – Family dining against the backdrop of the scenic Platte River is returning to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP). The Lodge Restaurant, located in the park’s Peter Kiewit Lodge will reopen under new management on Monday, June 1. The new operating vendor is Treat America Food Services, a food service management company based in Merriam, Kan. Treat America operates corporate cafeterias in the Lincoln and Omaha area and a popular restaurant in Kansas City. The restaurant will be …

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Survey Suggests Good Recovery for Many Wildlife Species

LINCOLN – All wildlife species surveyed during the 2015 April Rural Mail Carrier Survey appeared to have a good overwinter survival heading into breeding season. Those species also appeared to have rebounded from the severe winter of 2009-2010 and the drought of 2012-2013. Species surveyed were pheasant, bobwhite, prairie grouse, wild turkey, cottontail and jackrabbit. Barring adverse weather conditions during the nesting and brood-rearing seasons and suitable habitat availability, populations appear poised for a good production year. Compared with April …

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