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Public Meeting for Walgren Lake SRA on June 17

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a public meeting at the Hay Springs Senior Center on June 17 at 6 p.m. to request input on Walgren Lake State Recreation Area. Game and Parks seeks specific input on a proposal to make the lake a waterfowl refuge. Game and Parks appreciates the interest of the community in Walgren Lake, and encourages the public to attend the meeting at 125 N. Main St. For more information, contact Craig …

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Bobwhite Quail Initiative Habitat Tour Scheduled

LINCOLN – Landowners and other interested parties are invited to attend a tour highlighting habitat needs and management techniques for bobwhite quail and pollinators on June 11. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Alexandria Community Center on the east side of Nebraska Hwy. 53 in Alexandria. This event includes information about the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, quail habitat needs, and management techniques to increase quail numbers. A tour of public and private land sites to show different habitat …

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Wildflower tour set at Fort Robinson State Park

It is prime time for viewing wildflowers in the Pine Ridge and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff members are inviting the public to an informational hike through the colorful countryside. Commission biologist Shelley Steffl and park naturalist Jami Campbell will lead the hike in the Mexican Canyon area of Fort Robinson State Park on Saturday, June 7. Participants will meet at the Post Playhouse at 9:30 a.m. and form a convoy to the site of the morning hike. Participants …

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Living History Scheduled for May 31-June 1 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 May 31-June 1. 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 …

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Commissioners Discuss Parks’ Deferred Maintenance Needs

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners discussed a plan to address deferred maintenance needs within the state park system May 30 at their meeting in Alma. In July, $17.35 million from the state budget will be placed in Game and Parks’ deferred maintenance fund, and $150,000 will be placed in a fund for the maintenance and operation of Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. The priority list for deferred maintenance projects includes cabins and swimming pool at Ponca State …

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Fish Salvage Underway at Conestoga in Preparation for Aquatic Habitat Project

LINCOLN – An upcoming aquatic habitat rehabilitation project at Conestoga Reservoir in Lancaster County requires the reservoir to be drawn down for construction. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has authorized fish salvage on the reservoir now until Jan. 1, 2015. The water level at the lake is down 4 feet and dropping. This salvage allows licensed anglers to utilize the remaining fish in the reservoir. Length limits are rescinded for the lake, but daily bag limits are maintained. Legal …

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Celebrate Nebraska’s Biodiversity Exhibit at Kearney KidZone

LINCOLN – Nebraska is home to many wildlife and plant species. In fact, Nebraska has more than 450 species of birds, 95 mammals, 106 fish, 61 amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 1,500 plants. Add to that more than 28,000 species of insects and unknown numbers of crustaceans, arachnids, mussels, fungi and bacteria. A snapshot of Nebraska’s biodiversity is on display through Aug. 17 at the “Explore Nebraska’s Biodiversity” exhibit at the Kearney KidZone, 5827 4th Ave., Kearney. The exhibit includes …

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New Outdoor Education Center Grand Opening June 7

LINCOLN – The public is invited to the grand opening of the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln on June 7. The event at 4701 N. 44th St. will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who attend the grand opening can try the center’s indoor shooting range and indoor and outdoor archery ranges free of cost. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center is shooting sports recreation …

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Man Hospitalized in Branched Oak Boating Accident

LINCOLN – A Lincoln man was hospitalized with serious injuries to his chest and arm in a boating accident late Monday afternoon at Branched Oak Reservoir in Lancaster County. He was struck by the propeller of the boat in which he was riding. Kent Seevers, 26, of Lincoln, was a passenger seated in the front of a motorboat along with four other occupants. The boat, a 19-foot 1995 Caravelle, is owned and was operated by Jon Muehlmeier 26, also of …

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Learn Outdoor Skills as a Family at Two Rivers SRA

LINCOLN – Learn lifelong outdoor skills as a family at the Becoming an Outdoors-Family workshop June 28-29 at Two Rivers State Recreational Area near Waterloo. Skills learned will help families enjoy the outdoors, create memories and start new traditions. Those skills include fishing, camping, paddling, aquatic education, outdoor cooking, and the safe handling and shooting of shotguns and air rifles. The fee is $99 for a family of up to six members and $20 for each additional person. Park entry …

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