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Conservation related articles and blogs from the staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Power of Summer Camp

A Summer Camp Staple - Archery

School is out for many young Nebraskans which means parents are busy trying to figure out what to do with them this summer.  If you want your youngster to have an adventure, then summer camp is your answer.  If you want your child to build leadership skills and self-esteem, then summer camp is your answer.  If you want your kids unplugged from the digital world for a bit, then summer camp is your answer. According to the American Camp Association ... Read More »

Turkeys Are Still Talking

These two literally pounded the jake decoy

With just two weekends left in the 2015 Nebraska Spring Turkey Hunting Season, we may be in the ninth inning, but there is still time to score on a gobbler.  In fact, some hunters will find the best hunts of the season in the final days this year. During the peak of breeding, gobblers often have all the hen-attention they want. We are now past this point and the boys are working harder to find willing hens.   Some are more ... Read More »

Pawnee Reservoir Low-Dose Rotenone Treatment Re-visited


Some of you may remember that fisheries managers for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission tried an experimental fisheries management technique at Pawnee Reservoir a year ago last fall, Pawnee Renovation.  Unlike typical rotenone renovations where all fish are removed from a body of water, the effort at Pawnee was one where we hoped that a relatively low dose of rotenone would selectively eliminate gizzard shad and white perch. Let me share some more of what we know about that fisheries ... Read More »

2015 Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Collection


Report on this year’s pallid broodstock collections: If you wish to see a cleaner, larger version, 2015 Broodstock Newsletter .  As mentioned in the news letter, check out the FaceBook page, NGPC Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock, and there are a lot more photos here, Flickr–Missouri River Program. A big thank you to all that were involved again this year.  We could not pull off this effort without a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers.  We thank you, the pallid sturgeon thank you (well, they would ... Read More »

Highlighting Bird Month on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

On my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News, I’ll be highlighting this month of May which is bird month here in Nebraska. Birds are all around us! Birds are enjoyable to watch! I’ll be showing you some cool video of birds, plus emphasizing the importance of our feathered friends as well as mentioning a couple fun birding events in the area for you to attend to view an array of bird life. The outdoor report airs LIVE ... Read More »

Bird Quiz; Birding at Heron Haven


May is bird month here in Nebraska, actually International Migratory Bird Month, with dozens of special, public birding events scheduled to highlight our feathered friends. In fact, Governor Pete Ricketts is expected to officially proclaim International Migratory Bird Month in Nebraska at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln on May 13th. With all of that information in mind, blog readers, I thought we’d have a little fun and see how your basic bird ID skills are by taking ... Read More »

Earth Day? 2015


I have a couple of calendars in my office that have something about “Earth Day” scribbled on the square dated April 22, 2015.  I have taken a cynical view of “Earth Day” in the past, have reflected that in my blog, and do not feel any differently today.  Let me tell you why. . . . Earlier this week I stopped at a stop-light and watched the pig in the car in front of me squash out his cigarette and ... Read More »

Watts Lake Renovation


Our Nebraska Game & Parks fisheries personnel had an opportunity to get another quick renovation done this spring.  There have been some news releases on this, but I am guessing many folks may have not heard about it.  Here is an extended version of the news release, a version with a little more detail on why these projects are so beneficial: Watts Lake Renovated to Improve Fishery Recently the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission(NGPC) renovated ... Read More »

Oh Happy Day!


Tomorrow is the opener of our Nebraska spring shotgun turkey season.  Yessssssss!  Actually, many Nebraska hunters have been actively hunting spring toms since March 25 with bow, crossbows and arrows.  And beginning last Saturday youth permit holders could get after ’em with a shotgun.  But, the next time the sun rises, it will be “on” for the rest of us. My kids and my hunt started a couple of weeks ago now.  To be successful, we have learned to spend ... Read More »