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Public urged to leave wildlife babies alone

LINCOLN, Neb. – It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: — A lone fawn, or other young bird or mammal, may appear to be abandoned or injured, but the mother frequently is off feeding or drinking. Do not move …

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Nebraska Game and Parks urges safety while boating

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans will enjoy this summer boating on waters across the state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges boaters to keep safety the top priority. Boaters should not take safety for granted. Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wear a Life Jacket – Children under age 13 and anybody on a personal watercraft are required by law to wear a …

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Help Indian Cave SP trail projects June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day

LINCOLN, Neb. – Show an appreciation for trails and help restore them at Indian Cave State Park on June 2 in celebration of National Trails Day. Volunteers are needed for trail restoration projects that may include wood chipping trails, pruning encroaching vegetation, defining corridors, erosion maintenance and general cleanup. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., or at the volunteer’s discretion. Bring work gloves and appropriate clothing. Pre-registration is required by May 29 by calling the …

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Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer here, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding water lovers to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating. Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete a boating safety course and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska. Game and Parks offers three options for taking boating safety …

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Platte River State Park shooting sports facility summer hours begin May 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – Platte River State Park’s shooting sports facility opens for its summer schedule on May 28. The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex will be open weekdays from noon to 6 p.m., except it will be closed on Thursday. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The facility is a family-friendly shooting sports complex with a focus on safety and family fun. This center features an archery range with a shooting tower, …

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Fort Robinson’s summer theater lineup to include popular favorites

LINCOLN, Neb. – Post Playhouse, Inc., located at Fort Robinson State Park just west of Crawford, is set for another season of popular plays for all ages. The theater’s summer lineup includes favorites such as Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Footloose,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Urinetown,” and “42nd Street.” Showings take place throughout the week from June to August. Ticket information and pricing is available online at Postplayhouse.com. A Nebraska park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.

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Melodramas to light up the stage at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Grab the popcorn and enjoy some light-hearted family fun at a Eugene T. Mahoney State Park melodrama this summer. This year’s schedule features the premiere of three plays in conjunction with Popcorn Productions: — “The Easterner,” written by D. Chapelle, tells the tale of a slacker from New York City who strives to save the beautiful Millie from Mooselips Tompkins, the village villain. — Written by D. Chapelle, the play “Finefellow’s Fireworks Folly” features the story of …

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Rock Creek Trail Days set for June 2-3

LINCOLN, Neb. – See Nebraska history come to life during Rock Creek Trail Days June 2-3 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Activities will include black powder gun demonstrations, Pony Express run, wagon rides, Hickok-McCanles Fracas reenactment, military skirmish, and demonstrations of various period trades. There will be a free-will donation lunch on June 2 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and a buffalo stew cookout June 2 at 7 p.m. The cookout will feature entertainment by David Marsh, presenting “Music …

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Boaters should clean, drain and dry to prevent spread of AIS

LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer’s arrival comes an increase in boating activity. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds boaters to be wary of destructive aquatic invasive species (AIS) and to prevent their spread by cleaning, draining and drying their watercraft. Boaters may not launch or leave a boat ramp facility with any water present in the watercraft unless it is from a domestic water source. In addition, boaters are required to drain all lake or river water from the …

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Birding event at Buffalo Bill Ranch SRA

North Platte, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and Tout Bird Club of North Platte will host a birding event on Friday, May 25. All ages are welcome to come learn about birds at Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area (SRA) in North Platte as part of the Nebraska International Migratory Bird Month. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the shelter area at the SRA with birding stations to build bird feeders, nesting material and more. …

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