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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.

Game and Parks to Begin Collaring Mountain Lions

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LINCOLN – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission field staff have begun efforts to capture and collar mountain lions. This effort is the beginning of a four-year research project. Game and Parks plans to place GPS tracking collars on seven to 15 mountain lions captured in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills, Niobrara River Valley and elsewhere across the state. Anyone who observes or captures an image of a lion on a trail camera should call Game and Parks immediately at 402-471-0641. ... Read More »

Tax Check-off Benefits Wildlife, Habitat Conservation

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LINCOLN – Tax season provides a unique opportunity for Nebraskans to contribute to wildlife and habitat conservation. Line 42 on the 2014 state income tax form (Form 1040N) allows individuals to donate all or a part of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, ¬which focuses on saving Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places. “The check-off is one of the principal sources of state funding used to conserve more than 95 percent of fish and wildlife species that are ... Read More »

February Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February: Feb. 1 – White-fronted goose hunting season closes Feb. 1 – Archery 101: Know Your Bow: Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141 Feb. 1 – Super Bowl Sunday Mini-Lodge Package, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 Feb. 4 – Prescribed Burn Training workshop, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, 9 ... Read More »

Birds and Binoculars Feb. 7 at Mahoney SP

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LINCOLN – Join bird lovers of all ages Feb. 7 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for the Birds and Binoculars workshop. Interested birders should meet at 9 a.m. at the lower level of the Riverview Group Lodge, where the guided hike and bird identification workshop will begin. The event is scheduled in preparation for the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event in which participants count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. This year’s ... Read More »

Water Over Roads Temporarily Closes Two Rivers SRA

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LINCOLN – A typical spring rise of the Platte River has resulted in minor lowland flooding and the temporary closure of Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) in Douglas County. Two people in a camper were escorted out of the park on the morning of Jan. 27 when an ice jam sent water and chunks of ice over the river bank, making roads impassable. The main road into the park has been closed. Two other Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ... Read More »

Game and Parks to Receive Grants for Habitat

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $1.2 million in federal grants over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help private landowners improve grasslands and croplands for wildlife habitat and agriculture production. The money was provided through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP is a new program in the 2014 Farm Bill managed by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, NRCS forms a ... Read More »

Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 7 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also are encouraged to volunteer for such Game and Parks programs as Family Fishing Nights ... Read More »

Nebraska Natural Legacy Partnership Team Requests Innovative Proposals

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Natural Legacy Partnership Team (NLPT) is requesting proposals that will facilitate the expansion of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project in any of the 39 Biologically Unique Landscapes. The NLPT is looking for proactive, collaborative opportunities to conserve wildlife in Nebraska by reaching out to landowners, local communities, conservation and agricultural organizations. The NLPT will competitively award proposals for innovative projects that may be habitat improvement, research, inventory, monitoring, planning or a combination of these types. Projects ... Read More »

Pound Middle School to Host NASP Tournament in Lincoln

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LINCOLN – A statewide youth archery tournament will take place at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln on Feb. 7. The tournament, hosted by Pound Middle School in Lincoln, is open to any participant in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Competition flights are limited to 32 archers and will begin at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Registration is 45 minutes before each flight. The cost is $10. NASP is an in-school curriculum ... Read More »

Burchard Lake WMA Gate to Open

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LINCOLN – The gate across the main entrance road at Burchard Lake Wildlife Management Area in Pawnee County will open on Jan. 15 for ice fishermen. Instead of parking at the gate and walking to the lake, anglers will be able to drive to the lake. Read More »