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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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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, 15 – Pistol League, Platte River State Park (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 the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, …

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Burchard Lake Filling Slowly; Boat Ramp Remains Closed

LINCOLN – While Burchard Lake in Pawnee County is slowly filling, the new boat launch facility there is still closed until water levels allow for the safe launching of boats from trailers. While access to the shoreline is open for bank angling, launching of small vessels, including Jon boats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes, is allowed provided they are carried from the road and launched from the shoreline. All vehicles must remain on roads or in parking lots. Electric trolling …

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Wild Elk Being Monitored

LINCOLN – A wild elk observed in the South Bend, Neb., area is being monitored for public safety by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The elk’s proximity to Interstate 80 and major roadways is a public safety concern. The wild elk is not part of the herd at the Wildlife Safari Park. Wild elk have been sighted near the Safari in the past. The Wildlife Safari Park is located just south of Interstate 80 across from Eugene T. Mahoney …

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Enders’ Center Dam Boat Ramp Can Launch Small Craft

LINCOLN – Because of a rising lake level following recent rains, the boat ramp at the Center Dam Area of Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) can be used for launching small boats and personal watercraft. The dock has been put in place and the boat ramp, which has been out of service approximately a year because of a low lake level, can accommodate small boats that don’t require a lot of water to launch and low-profile trailers. Enders Reservoir …

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