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Virtual Panhandle BioBlitz is May 1-2

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are inviting the public to survey the natural resources of the region during the Virtual Panhandle BioBlitz May 1-2.

A bioblitz is an inventory of species, such as plants, mammals, birds, insects and fungi, in a specific area during a specific period.

The free event will begin with a welcome segment May 1 at 9 a.m. MDT. Participants will then be encouraged to explore the biodiversity of their backyard, neighborhood or public lands within the Panhandle. At 3 p.m. MDT, participants will return for a virtual check-in with natural resources experts.

The first 75 registrants will receive an exploration kit with field guides, investigation tools, activity sheets and more. The items will be available April 24-30 at sites throughout the Panhandle during certain dates and times. To register, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlf-yurT0pG9W64A-OyHxtOaSizEiyEFMZ

For more information, contact Delanie Bruce, Nebraska’s wildlife education coordinator for the Conservancy, at delanie.bruce@birdconservancy.org or 308-633-1013.

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About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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