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Great Turnout at Ponca Women’s Wellness Weekend

The 1st Annual Women’s Wellness Weekend held at Ponca State Park on January 16-18 saw a tremendous turnout of 75 participants. The event featured a variety of seminars related to women’s wellness including exercise, nutrition, holistic health, and outdoor recreation. Guests participated in exercise sessions such as Zumba, Nia, yoga, and Pilates; wellness sessions included art therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbs, and meditation; and outdoor activities such as Dutch oven cooking, birding and hiking. Additional activities included Friday and Saturday night …

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Home-Schooled Students Invited to Archery Open House

LINCOLN – Home-schooled students interested in learning or advancing their skills in archery are invited to an open house Feb. 19 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The free open house is from 2-4 p.m. at the education center, which is located at 4703 N. 44th St. Equipment will be available for use. For more information, email ngpc.outdoored@nebraska.gov. The family-friendly education center is open to all shooters and archers and offers a wide range of …

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Fire Weather Workshops Scheduled

LINCOLN – Learn how weather can impact the success of prescribed fires at upcoming workshops in Nebraska. National Weather Service meteorologists will discuss elements of fire weather, how to obtain a fire weather forecast, how to monitor weather during a prescribed fire, and an introduction to weather-monitoring devices. The workshops will be Feb. 10 at Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling, 1100 S. Jeffers St., North Platte, 6 p.m.; Feb. 11 at Mid-Plains Community College, 2520 S. E St., Broken Bow, …

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Be Aware of Changes to Light Goose Conservation Order

LINCOLN – Waterfowlers should be aware of two changes to this year’s Light Goose Conservation Order, which opens across the state on Feb. 9. There are three zones this year instead of two. In addition to the Rainwater Basin Zone in south-central Nebraska, there are West and East zones. Outside of the Rainwater Basin Zone, U.S. Highway 81 in eastern Nebraska separates the West and East zones. The order also will close later this year, April 5 in the Rainwater …

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Game and Parks to Begin Collaring Mountain Lions

LINCOLN – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission field staff have begun efforts to capture and collar mountain lions. This effort is the beginning of a four-year research project. Game and Parks plans to place GPS tracking collars on seven to 15 mountain lions captured in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills, Niobrara River Valley and elsewhere across the state. Anyone who observes or captures an image of a lion on a trail camera should call Game and Parks immediately at 402-471-0641. …

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Tax Check-off Benefits Wildlife, Habitat Conservation

LINCOLN – Tax season provides a unique opportunity for Nebraskans to contribute to wildlife and habitat conservation. Line 42 on the 2014 state income tax form (Form 1040N) allows individuals to donate all or a part of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, ¬which focuses on saving Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places. “The check-off is one of the principal sources of state funding used to conserve more than 95 percent of fish and wildlife species that are …

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February Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February: Feb. 1 – White-fronted goose hunting season closes Feb. 1 – Archery 101: Know Your Bow: Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141 Feb. 1 – Super Bowl Sunday Mini-Lodge Package, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 Feb. 4 – Prescribed Burn Training workshop, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, 9 …

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Birds and Binoculars Feb. 7 at Mahoney SP

LINCOLN – Join bird lovers of all ages Feb. 7 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for the Birds and Binoculars workshop. Interested birders should meet at 9 a.m. at the lower level of the Riverview Group Lodge, where the guided hike and bird identification workshop will begin. The event is scheduled in preparation for the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event in which participants count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. This year’s …

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Water Over Roads Temporarily Closes Two Rivers SRA

LINCOLN – A typical spring rise of the Platte River has resulted in minor lowland flooding and the temporary closure of Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) in Douglas County. Two people in a camper were escorted out of the park on the morning of Jan. 27 when an ice jam sent water and chunks of ice over the river bank, making roads impassable. The main road into the park has been closed. Two other Nebraska Game and Parks Commission …

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Big Equipment, Big Projects at Chadron State Park

Chadron State Park is visited by multitudes of big RVs and pull-type campers in the summer. It is getting a good share of its winter traffic this season from other types of big vehicles. They include a Caterpillar track hoe, six-wheeled dump trucks, a Timbco tree feller and a skidder. The big vehicles have been contracted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to renovate the park’s pond and thin trees. The separate projects are expected to be substantially complete …

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