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Celebrate Nebraska Pollinator Week starting June 20

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in celebrating our state’s native pollinators — including more than 200 species of butterflies — during Nebraska Pollinator Week this June 20-26. Pollinator Week, in Nebraska and internationally, is an effort to celebrate and raise awareness about pollinators and their conservation. Pollinators, including bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, add more than $217 billion to the worldwide economy through crop pollination. They pollinate more than 180,000 plant species around the world — including plants that …

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Lake Mac fully booked on Fourth of July weekend

RVs, boats and other watercraft parked on a beach at Lake McConaughy.

Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are fully booked from July 1-5 for overnight campgrounds, including beach campsites. Overnight visitors interested in visiting the two western Nebraska reservoirs for the upcoming holiday are encouraged to find alternative lodging. Find local community hotels, vacation homes by rental, cabins and private campgrounds at ILoveLakeMac.com. Visitors should check availability at private overnight accommodations. Day-use activities, such as fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and bird watching remain available with no capacity limits. …

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Catch cowboys, soldiers, and Miss V the traveling cowgirl at Fort Kearny event

Kearney County. Fort Kearny State Historical Park. Reinactors at their camp at the park. Geiser, Aug. 9, 2014. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Join Fort Kearny State Historical Park for an afternoon of free cowboy fun from 2 to 4 p.m. June 28 at 1020 V Road, Kearney. The event will feature Miss V, the traveling cowbelle; Dan Melton, cowboy; Bob Lamberson, storyteller; and Lyle Henderson former cowboy and owner of the Platte Valley Saddle Shop. Free “old time” root beer and sarsaparilla will be served. Reenactors also will be at the park to discuss life as a soldier during the fort’s early …

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Lewis and Clark rec area to host National Marina Days

Join the National Marina Days festivities June 18 at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area near Crofton. Activities will include a sand castle building tournament, yoga by the lake, hayrack rides, boat tours, kayaking, a fish fry and more. Get a map of the park and the complete schedule of events at the park office. A vehicle park entry permit is required. Get one in advance at OutdoorNebraska.org. Event Schedule 9 a.m. Yoga by the Lake: Bring a yoga mat or towel …

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Depredation tools available for landowners

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With growing season in full swing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds landowners tools and resources are available to those experiencing crop and livestock damage due to wildlife. Landowners can contact their nearest Game and Parks district office to discuss options to alleviate damage, such as scare devices, fences, damage-control permits or opening lands to public access for hunting. Find a local office at outdoornebraska.gov/locations. Landowners also can contact a wildlife biologist about their wildlife damage issues at outdoornebraska.gov/depredation. Species that …

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Follow these safety tips when enjoying water recreation

Kendall Phillip of Lincoln plays on the swim beach in Area 1 at Pawnee State Recreation Area in Lancaster County. Fowler, June 9, 2018. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

As summer begins to heat up, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would like to remind those enjoying water-based recreation to follow these safety reminders. Never swim alone — Always swim with a buddy. Pay attention — Avoid distractions and focus on those you are swimming with and the water. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children, according to the American Red Cross, and drownings can happen in seconds, as well as in shallow waters. Staying watchful — even of …

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Trout in the Classroom applications being accepted

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educational opportunity for schools, is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. The interdisciplinary, science-based program invites classrooms to explore aquatic ecosystems, life cycles, water quality and the scientific process through raising trout eggs in their classroom. Students learn about life science, watersheds, data collection and analysis over the course of the spring semester. Applications to participate in the program are due Aug. 31. Find the application at OutdoorNebraska.org/TroutInTheClassroom. For …

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Commissioners to consider changes to wild turkey seasons for 2023

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2023 wild turkey hunting seasons at its June 17 meeting in Lexington. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Central time at the Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway. Turkey populations in Nebraska have declined 45% since their peak between 2008 to 2010. Because of that, staff will recommend changes to regulations and orders that include reducing the spring season personal permit limit from three to two, lowering the fall …

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Celebrate Game and Parks’ aquatic habitat program with Day at the Lake

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for a Day at the Lake, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Aquatic Habitat Program at the recently renovated Conestoga State Recreation Area, just southwest of Lincoln. A Day at the Lake, set for 3 to 7 p.m. June 18, will offer opportunities to fish from the bank or by kayak, experience fly-fishing or bowfishing — as well as the chance to use a stand-up paddleboard with PaddleLyfe, go kayaking or …

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Enders Reservoir BioBlitz postponed until September

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The Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area two-day Bioblitz set for May 20-21 has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Sept. 3-4 for people of all ages. Participants will help set reptile, amphibian and mammal traps,  as well as bat nets on day one. On day two, they’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the animals captured and released during the bioblitz. Professional biologists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, …

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