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Neat Message from Colorado

I recently received the email message (and photos) below from Colorado and wanted to share it with all of you. Jane Gustafson, who heads our Game and Parks Marketing Section, says that the focus of agency advertising efforts is to get kids in the field hunting and to make Nebraska the place where they do this. She also says that many Nebraskans have family out-of-state and what a better way to encourage these folks to come back, visit and spend …

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Bald Eagle Days

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out Bald Eagle Days at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center by Gavins Point Dam! Bald eagles have become a common winter resident in Nebraska and now is the perfect time to see them. To find out more about bald eagles in Nebraska, please visit http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/wildlife/wildlife_species_guide/eagles.asp

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Pioneers Park Presents Prairie Poetry

Nebraska poets Twyla M. Hansen and Amy Plettner will present the Winter Poetry event on Jan. 26. from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Prairie Building Auditorium at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln. Recently named Nebraska State Poet, Hansen’s work has appeared in numerous publications.  She has published six books of poetry, and was presented with the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA Literary Award, as well as the Nebraska Book Award in 2004 and 2012. While grounds manager …

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Maximilian-Bodmer Show at the Great Plains Art Museum

When Prince Maximilian contracted the services of artist Karl Bodmer to join him on a 2,500 mile expedition through North America in 1832, a masterful narrative of the existence of the Plains Indian was created.  Their two year travels would culminate in a journey up the Missouri River via steam ship, then keel boat, where stops at camps and trading posts gave Bodmer the opportunity to recreate village scenes, landscapes and portraits of the Plains Indians in remarkable watercolor detail. …

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Birding Keya Paha County

Work duties allow me to travel to all parts of the state and this past weekend I was stationed at the Turbine Mart in Springview, Keya Paha County, to check deer during opening weekend of firearm season.    Even though I was overwhelmingly consumed by work, I did have some slivers of time to enjoy some of the beautiful sights and birds in this area.   The Niobrara River valley is a remarkable place and birds were surprisingly numerous.  Large flocks …

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Mixed Bag Hunting Success in Nebraska

By Mick Jensen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, District 3 I had a really great day at the 2013 Rooster Road Trip near Orchard, NE.  Commissioner Lynn Berggren and I participated with NGPC staff and Pheasants Forever national board member Dick Bell in an exercise to showcase Nebraska public hunting areas. We hunted two medium-sized fields and with six hunters bagged 12 roosters and 8 quail in about 2½ hours. Dick and I had to make a quick trip to his …

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Adventure Report, August 28, 2013

Got a fishing report to give you, but let me give a little background to the story.  Back in the mid-1990’s I worked for a couple of years in our newly-established fisheries management office in south-central Nebraska.  That region included much of the the Tri-County canal and reservoirs on that canal.  In the years I was there we were not able to spend much time on the canal reservoirs, but from what we knew of the high flow-through rates and …

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Panhandle Passages: Closer to Home

My job with the Game and Parks commission and NEBRASKAland has taken me to some incredible places throughout the Panhandle and beyond in the first six months. With more than 40 Commission properties within 160 miles of my home, there is a lot to see and photograph in this spacious region. That being said, it seems some unbeatable travel opportunities await me right before my nose. While I join others in the desire to set up camp at a location …

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