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Last-Minute Notes for The Great American Eclipse

Are you gearing up and getting excited for the historic spectacle on Monday, Aug. 21st, when a total solar eclipse will race over Nebraska from the northwest to the southeast? Good! Thought so. Me, too! Here are some last-minute notes to assist you in safely and enjoyably experiencing The Great American Eclipse in The Cornhusker State. Plan ahead. Buy your state park permit ahead of time. Take additional supplies (water, food, insect repellent, sunblock, etc.). Carry park brochures and a road map. Fill your vehicle …

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Plan ahead to view eclipse safely at Nebraska state park area

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska is a prime state for viewing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. People planning to view the event from a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission property should make safety and planning their top priorities. Game and Parks has 34 state park areas and 186 wildlife management areas within the approximately 70-mile-wide path of totality, and visitation at those areas is expected to be busier than normal. All campsites within those park areas that may be reserved have …

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Bat program coming to Chadron State Park

Children Watching Bats at Chadron State Park

CHADRON, Neb. — The public is invited to learn about bats during a program at Chadron State Park this week. Participants will meet at the park’s lagoon shelter Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. Specialists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln will present the program about the often-misunderstood flying mammals. Program attendees are expected to get a close look at bats. UNL researchers are in the region this week collecting data, and …

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Come to Indian Cave State Park for BioBlitz Sept. 9-10

LINCOLN, Neb. – Participate in a citizen science opportunity by pairing with an expert to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area. Come to Indian Cave State Park near Shubert for BioBlitz on Sept. 9-10. BioBlitz is an opportunity to contribute to a scientific census of Indian Cave’s wildlife and plant life and to learn about each of the species counted. This free event for all ages will include birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants and …

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Health alert issued after high algae levels detected in Pawnee Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert is in effect for Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in Pawnee Lake. Visitors to Pawnee Lake Recreation Area should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners are urged to keep pets out of the water …

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Indian Cave SP to celebrate eclipse with Humanities Nebraska speaker, other activities

LINCOLN, Neb. – Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones will present a program on the Otoe-Missouria people of Nebraska on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Indian Cave State Park near Shubert. The presentation, which begins at 7 p.m., highlights how the Otoe-Missouria affected Nebraska, and how the Louisiana Purchase and Nebraska’s statehood affected the Otoe-Missouria people. The presentation is one of several activities planned at the park in the days leading up to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 and is made …

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Hunting on state recreation areas begins Sept. 5

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters are reminded that state recreation areas (SRA) are closed to hunting until Tuesday, Sept. 5. Several hunting seasons will be open during the Labor Day weekend. Archery deer, dove, grouse and other small game seasons will be open Friday, Sept 1. The early teal season begins Sept. 2. SRA regulations prohibit any hunting until the Tuesday following Labor Day, which is Sept. 5. Regulations state the portions of some SRAs are open to hunting from the …

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Are you REALLY ready for the total solar eclipse?

It will undoubtedly be among the most stunning sights you have ever witnessed. It has been labeled as one of the most awe-inspiring events in nature, and it’s coming! For the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in our great country, and we, in Nebraska, will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers along with eleven other states on August 21st for about a minute or two around the lunch hour depending on local time. To find out exact times of the …

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Convergence on Sacred Ground

If the hills and bluffs at Ash Hollow State Historical Park could talk they would have been buzzing about the Convergence on Sacred Ground event last weekend. Perhaps they were pleased to have the Lakota’s with their teepees, dances and sacred dialog being echoed about. Wagons once again rolled along the Oregon/California trail. The sounds of horses and cattle filled the air as cowboys roped and branded cattle on the meadows of the park. And the aromas from Dutch ovens …

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Wild about Nebraska Fruits and Berries

Who needs to buy fruit at the store, when nature’s fruit market is open for business, at no charge, right? In Nebraska, from a general standpoint, we are either at or nearing the time when many edible wild, native fruits and berries, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and tasty to the tongue, are ready to be picked! There are so many things you can do with wild fruits and berries. They can be eaten directly in the field, or taken home …

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