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Citizen science workshop for educators is Feb. 20 in Columbus

LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators of younger students are invited to participate in a citizen science workshop Feb. 20 in Columbus. The 6 p.m. workshop will be held at Educational Service Unit 7, 2657 44th Ave. Citizen science in the classroom provides opportunities for students to participate in real scientific investigations. Citizen science can inspire students to create meaningful connections to the natural world and help scientists gather data and monitor or interpret results to produce relevant research. Participants will receive …

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Our Most Popular Posts of the Year

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For Nebraska Game and Parks, 2017 was the year of the fish. Ok, not really, but fish definitely played a strong role in our most popular Facebook posts of the year. A blog by fisheries outreach manager Daryl Bauer about new state records was a big hit, as was a post about “alien fish.” Recently caught in Nebraska, this species of fish doesn't even belong in North America. Can you guess what it is or how it got here? Read …

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Spring turkey permits available Jan. 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2018 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 8. Nebraska offers the best turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. Nebraska offers birds in every county of the state, including the highly-sought-after Merriam’s in some areas. The state also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, great public access and $5 permits for youth. Wild turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy high success rates. In the spring, hunters …

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Multispecies lottery permit applications accepted

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications are being taken by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for multispecies Super Tag and Combo lottery permits. The Super Tag lottery permit will be valid for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). One permit will be authorized for residents only, and one permit will be authorized for residents/nonresidents. Persons may apply for …

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Women’s ice fishing clinic scheduled for Valentine NWR

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is hosting a women’s ice fishing workshop on Jan. 13 at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge lakes. Women age 18 and older may sign up for the workshop, which will give instruction on equipment use and techniques. Participants can lodge in Valentine on Jan. 12 or meet the group at the refuge. The workshop cost is $25, not including meals and lodging. The deadline is Jan. 5. Visit NebraskaBOW.com to learn …

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Three Family Ice Fishing clinics scheduled in January

LINCOLN, Neb. – Novices can learn the basics of ice fishing at three free Family Ice Fishing clinics in January. On Jan. 6, the Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host a classroom clinic at Yanney Heritage Park’s Environmental Resource Center in Kearney from 5 – 9 p.m. This clinic will feature presentations by some of Nebraska’s top ice fishermen. An on-ice clinic will be held Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area …

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Growing Up WILD educators’ workshop Feb. 12 in Norfolk

LINCOLN, Neb. – Early childhood educators and after-school providers are invited to learn how to engage children in nature through discoveries and science. They are encouraged to attend the Growing Up WILD workshop Feb. 12 in Norfolk. Participants will receive an activity guide with 21 lesson plans that build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore the world. This free event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Elkhorn Valley Museum, 515 Queen …

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Game and Parks suggests tips for safe ice fishing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice fishing. Follow these tips from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for safety on the ice: — The minimum ice thickness for supporting one person is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice. — Drill holes or use an ice chisel or spud bar to check the ice conditions while working your way out to your fishing spot. — Wear a life jacket. …

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Make donation to Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund

LINCOLN, Neb. – Make a tax-deductible donation to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund and help fund projects that benefit the state’s many species. Donations have a big impact, as they are matched with other grants so that $1 donated becomes $4 for aiding wildlife. Projects the fund makes possible include improving at-risk species’ habitat, keeping common species common through prairie restorations and invasive species removal, and preventing future endangered species listings by funding reintroduction projects such as the now-thriving peregrine …

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Game and Parks to burn slash piles at WMAs

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CRAWFORD, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees in northwestern Nebraska will begin burning slash piles from forest management projects at public properties near Crawford, Whitney, Chadron and Hay Springs in coming weeks. The piles are located at five Wildlife Management Areas — Metcalf, Chadron Creek Ranch, Ponderosa, Whitney Inlet and Peterson. Slash burning helps maintain healthy forests and prevent wildfires by safely removing potential fuel sources such as downed trees, thick vegetation, pine needles and leaves. This week’s …

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