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Public invited to Fort Atkinson design charrette open house May 18

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house in Fort Calhoun on May 18 to take public input on the design charrette for Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. The open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Fort Calhoun Fire Hall, 602 N. 14th St. The design charrette, a planning session where citizens and stakeholders collaborate on the vision of a development project, will take place May 17 and 18. It will …

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Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

LINCOLN – Enjoy an outdoor adventure with family or friends and experience Nebraska parks by joining The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) for a chance to win prizes. The goal of GPP, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association, is to promote active lifestyles while increasing awareness of the state’s nature-rich outdoor recreation opportunities. This is done by encouraging participants to visit up to 20 GPP sites located across Nebraska between May …

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Dump station to temporarily close at Niobrara State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – The dump station at Niobrara State Park will be unavailable from May 8-18, 2017.  During that time, compression concrete testing will take place at the dump station site. This testing is part of a park-wide road renovation project that will add an asphalt overlay to the approximately 7 ¾ miles of roads within the park.  All vehicles entering the park must have a valid Nebraska park entry permit. Permits are available at outdoornebraska.org, as well as at …

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It’s Bird Month; Do You Know Your Birds?

“What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough Are Everywhere You Are One thing you cannot help in this world is seeing birds. They are virtually everywhere! Look up, look down, look over there, go to the waters, the woods, the wavy field of grass or watch through the window of your home, you’ll see birds. More than 450 species of birds …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 20. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need to purchase a fishing or park entry permit for the day. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, held annually in Nebraska on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend, means anyone can explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations. Camping, lodging …

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Calamus SRA campground has new shower house

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Calamus State Recreation Area will find a new shower house in the Valley Vue Campground. The amenity was built as part of a deferred maintenance project. Vehicles entering the area must have a park entry permit. Permits are available at OutdoorNebraska.org, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices, and at the park office. Calamus, a popular fishing and camping destination, is located 5 miles northwest of Burwell in Loup County. For more information, call the park …

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Hands-on activities planned at Ponca SP April 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get closer to nature with fun, interactive activities for all ages at Ponca State Park on April 29. Take an introductory shotgun course from 9-11 a.m. using the park’s equipment. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. During the 11:30 a.m. Feeding Frenzy program, a naturalist will feed the animals in the Resource and Education Center, including snakes and frogs. Be prepared to touch worms and crickets in this program. Paint Ponca’s woodland wildflowers during …

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Commission adopts big game recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted staff recommendations for 2017 big game hunting seasons at its meeting April 21 in Norfolk. Among the big game changes to Commission orders: — Twenty-six either-sex and 54 doe/fawn antelope permits were added in units in the southern Panhandle. — Three cow elk permits were added in the Ash Creek Unit. — Antlerless-only whitetail permits were reduced in several eastern units. — Permits in southwest units were changed to increase …

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Learn more about birds at Fort Hartsuff SHP on May 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn more about how to feed birds and view them with binoculars at the Birding at the Fort event at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on May 6. Guest speaker Dave Titterington of Lincoln’s Wild Bird Habitat Store will share his knowledge of the different types of feed and feeders to attract a variety of birds. Amy Hughes of Loup Rivers Scenic Byways will present Binoculars 101. Door prizes and fun bird giveaways will be offered during …

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Celebrate Nebraska Bird Month at statewide birding events

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join fellow bird lovers in celebrating Nebraska Bird Month in May at birding events across the state. Those living in western Nebraska can enjoy a birding hike at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (SRA) on May 20, as well as an evening of painting birds at Lake McConaughy SRA on May 25. Eastern Nebraska events include a day of bird observation and identification at Indian Cave State Park on May 27, a Mothers’ Day breakfast and bird …

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