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Explore Nebraska’s Biodiversity at Wildcat Hills Nature Center

LINCOLN – Nebraska is home to a wide variety of life – nearly 450 birds, 95 mammals, 106 fish, 60 amphibians and reptiles, more than 1,400 plants, and countless arachnids, invertebrates, fungi and bacteria. This biodiversity demonstrates the state’s variety of habitats and quality of land.

A snapshot of Nebraska’s biodiversity is on display through March at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center with the Explore Nebraska’s Biodiversity exhibit. The exhibit includes a double-sided photographic mural featuring nearly 100 images of Nebraska species.

The exhibit also includes multiple hands-on components. Visitors may explore insects, bones, furs and birds with magnifying lenses. Or they may compare their “wingspan” with those of Nebraska’s bird species. Visitors can match their height with those of Nebraska’s prairie grass species, or find hidden animals throughout the exhibit.

The exhibit was created by the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

The Nature Center is located at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area south of Gering. For more information about the exhibit, contact Lindsay Rogers at lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov. For more information about the Nature Center, call 308-436-3777.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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