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Solar Eclipse

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A few months ago I blogged about one astronomical phenomenon, Black Hole; upcoming events compel me to blog about another one now. . . . Unless you live, oh say, on the backside of the moon, you have heard something about a little shadow that will be racing across planet earth next Monday, August 21.  My buddy Greg Wagner has already published a blog post with all the details and hysteria surrounding this event, you should read it, Are You …

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Water Snakes

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Someone called to my attention this headline on the internet a few weeks ago: Snake steals, eats fish caught by fisherman I read the story, thought to myself, “So what?”  However, I suppose to some journalist, and maybe to a bunch of city folks reading, that might have been sensational news! The story comes from Iowa, but the same snakes, common water snakes, are found throughout Nebraska, Nebraska Snakes. Having spent a bit of time around water, especially tromping along …

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Not Good News!

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I am afraid we need to spread the word on this as much as possible, as far as possible! Carter Lake listed as suspect for zebra mussels LINCOLN, Neb. – Microscopic young zebra mussels – or veligers – recently were detected in a water sample collected at Carter Lake by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Since no adult zebra mussels were found, the lake will be listed as a suspect water body. If no adults or additional larvae are …

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Bat program coming to Chadron State Park

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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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Governor Does Family Fishing Night!

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We hosted a Family Fishing Night at Holmes Lake here in Lincoln last week, and Governor Ricketts was able to make it out! Here are some pictures he shared on his FaceBook page, Governor Pete Ricketts. I had a family obligation of my own that evening, so I was not able to be there, but from what I heard everyone had a great time, including the governor!  And, I hear the bite was pretty good too! I know the calendar …

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Outdoor Ambassadors

Every hunter I know is an ambassador of our sport and our outdoor heritage.   Some realize this daily while others…well…don’t see themselves there yet.   When you think of what an ambassador does, it really makes you understand our importance in hunting and conservation.   By definition, an Ambassador is an accredited person sent by an organization to represent them.   So…how well do each of us represent the hunting community?   Do we speak of hunting and its associated partners in a positive light …

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Going Live, Again!

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We did a “FaceBook Live” event back in June where I answered fish and fishing questions as fast as I could for thirty minutes, and then followed-up with some more on-line after that.  That event was well-received, so we are going to do another one!  Tune in to our Game & Parks FaceBook page at 1:00 central time, this coming Wednesday, August 9. Certainly we can talk about late summer fishing, but do not be afraid to ask questions about …

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Educators invited to participate in monarch workshop

LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators of preschool through second grade are invited to the Monarchs on a Mission workshop Oct. 21 in O’Neill. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Northern Prairies Land Trust will host the half-day workshop at 8:30 a.m. at the Holt County Annex, 128 N. 6th St. This workshop will focus on inquiry-based lessons that educators can use in classrooms and activities for outdoors. After implementing any of the resources from the workshop into their classrooms, …

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Home Place

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Going to go in a personal direction on my blog here again today.  Recently a cousin (second cousin actually, but who’s counting?) shared this photo on our family group FaceBook page: The adults in the photo would be my great-grandparents, the boy in overalls, second from the right on the running board would be my Grandpa, Oscar.  The photo was taken on the original homestead in western Nebraska.  A homestead that is still in the family! 150 Years of Ag: …

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Cool It!

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Looks like we are going to catch a break from our mid-summer’s heat throughout most of Nebraska over the next week or two.  That is nice although I expect July and August to be H-O-T, hot.  Over the past few weeks, I have been out and about during what has been some of our hottest weather this year.  I know there have been more than a couple of afternoons when the only possible activity was sitting in air-conditioning or immersing …

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