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Fremont Lakes SRA to Host Snakes of Nebraska Program

LINCOLN – Join Dennis Ferraro, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist, for his program “Meet the Snakes of Nebraska Up Close and in Person” at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area on Sept. 11. Ferraro will display and discuss snakes that call Nebraska home from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park’s group lodge. Fremont Lakes SRA is located just west of Fremont in Dodge County. A park entry permit is required.

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Go on Birding Walk at Fremont SRA on Aug. 20

LINCOLN – Learn about the birds that may be found at Fremont State Recreation Area during a guided birding walk Aug. 20. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Brick’s Bay Beach on Lake 10. The trip will take birders to the Lake 11 boat ramp and back, a distance of about 1 mile. Birders can bring binoculars and a field guide or use a smartphone birding app. For more information, call the park at 402-727-2922, and visit Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov …

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Upland Bird Harvest Up in 2015, Good Bird Numbers Expected this Fall

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s upland bird harvest saw a big increase between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and hunter participation was up as well, according to results from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s annual hunter harvest survey. Pheasant harvest was up by 26 percent. During the 2015 season, 166,285 rooster pheasants were harvested, compared to 131,423 during the 2014 season. Quail harvest increased by 73 percent, with 91,472 quail harvested in 2015, compared to 52,947 birds in 2014. In addition, …

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Game and Parks to Offer Two Free Workshops for Educators

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Project WILD program is now accepting registrations for two free workshops for educators. A workshop focused on birds will take place on July 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hastings Museum in Hastings. Nebraska is home to more than 450 species of birds. Birds can be found in nearly every kind of habitat in Nebraska and are also easy to see and fun to watch. For these and other …

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Plan Ahead for Hunter Ed

According to the calendar, summer officially begins on June 20th and the weather is heating up fast.  So instead of rifles, shotguns, bows, and wild game, most folks are probably thinking about baseball, swimming and barbecues.  But now is the time to start thinking about the various options available for completing hunter education so you are ready for this fall. In Nebraska, all hunters age 12 through 29 who hunt any game species with a firearm or airgun, must carry …

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Wildflower Power: Inviting the Pollinators

I’m a lover of wildflowers. Seeing, smelling, identifying and just being amid native wildflowers are on my list of my favorite outdoor pursuits in Nebraska’s landscape. And, you know what? Those wildflowers are more important than ever! No, scratch that. Indirectly, those native wildflowers are vital to all life on our planet Earth! Allow me to explain. For one out of every three bites of food you eat, you need to thank a bee, butterfly, beetle, bat, bird or other animal transferring pollen from one native wildflower to another! In fact, these animals on …

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Never Too Late To Start (Turkey) Hunting

I have always held the opinion that younger adults are a portion of the population that could be recruited into the lifestyle of hunting. After all, they have time and money to spend on it. They just need someone to guide them through the process of becoming a hunter, and then, of course, to take them to the field. I believe involving younger adults could prove to be one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to generate a new …

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June Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1 – Pollinators workshop, Public Library, Norfolk, 6:30 p.m., 402-370-3374 June 1 – Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan public informational meeting, Quality Inn, Ogallala, 7 p.m., 402-471-5424 June 1-3 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Beyond …

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High CRP Enrollment Great News for Nebraska Wildlife Conservation

LINCOLN – Many of Nebraska’s habitat programs will get a boost from recent Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-ups. More than 76,000 acres in Nebraska were enrolled or re-enrolled in CRP during the sign-up period earlier this year. This will be the first year overall CRP enrollment in Nebraska will increase since 2007. These sign-ups, combined with land already enrolled in CRP, bring the state’s total acres enrolled in CRP to 773,203. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced enrollment figures …

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Last Minute Gobblers

Turkey chasers, its officially the late season.  No doubts about it. If you are still holding an open spring turkey permit, such as I am, it may be time to adjust your tactics just a bit to fill it.  The good news is there is about two weeks left of season – including a couple of weekends – which is plenty of time to make something happen. The situation: Trees are fully leafed out now making gobbles harder to hear …

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