Official Nebraska Government Website. Go to Nebraska.gov
Home » Conservation

Conservation

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

Niobrara River Meetings

DSCN2542a

A few weeks ago I encouraged you to attend one of the four Niobrara River meetings that were held across the state recently, Niobrara River Meetings.  I was able to attend the last of those meetings last night here in Lincoln.  Believe me, I am aware that December is a busy time and folks may not have been able to attend one of those meetings.  If you were not able to make it, you can still see most of what was ... Read More »

Any Tool is the Right Tool

DSCN4420

Still waiting for safe ice; I have been digging through my tackle, buying new stuff, sorting, getting gear ready, thinking about a few things. . . . We use a variety of small jigs and “tear drops” for catching panfish through the ice.  Those baits match some of the smaller prey that those panfish eat during the winter.  Naturally, those small baits have small hooks, and those hooks are usually sharp and hook fish easily.  However, do NOT assume that they ... Read More »

A Western Nebraska Hunt for a Westerner

Johnny Barta with ram

CRAWFORD – In order to find success, one hunter this week made the 430-mile journey from Western, Nebraska, to Western Nebraska. Yes, you read that right. Johnny Barta, a big game hunter from Western, Nebraska (the village near Fairbury, not the region), visited the butte country of western Nebraska (the region, not the village) to fill the state’s lone bighorn sheep tag. His hunt ended successfully at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, when he bagged a trophy ram at Fort Robinson ... Read More »

Big Game Meeting in The Big “O”

deerlateseason

Just a quick reminder to fellow hunters and landowners in or near the Omaha-metro area that a public informational meeting about Nebraska big game  issues will be held tomorrow night, (Wednesday night, Dec. 10th)  at 7 p.m. in the classroom of the west Omaha Scheels Store, 17202 Davenport St.,  in the Village Pointe Shopping Center. NE Game and Parks wildlife biologists will be on hand to explain and take questions on several topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy ... Read More »

Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park

JN20130216_104

Join Ponca State Park for the Annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14. Experienced and novice birders, nature enthusiasts, and families are invited to participate in this 115-year-old tradition sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Guests are advised to dress accordingly and to bring their binoculars and bird books. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center. A chili feed will be offered at noon amid counting. This event is ... Read More »

Inspired by Photos, of Mine?

RobinZwetland

Sometimes in the business of promoting/providing conservation and outdoor information you don’t fully realize the impact your work can have on a person. Such was the case this year when a friend of mine, Robin Zagurski an artist from Omaha, NE, painted two beautiful scenes from photographs I had taken on a couple of my outdoor adventures here in Nebraska.  I was shocked and flattered, to say the least. Here they are. The first colorful Nebraska scene Robin painted was from a photo I snapped of the ... Read More »

News on the Aquatic Invasive Species Front

zebra-quagga-2

This news release went out recently.  If you use any of Nebraska’s waters for any purposes, you need to be aware of this: Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels Found in Two South Dakota Reservoirs LINCOLN – On Nov. 14, a single live adult zebra mussel was discovered attached to a boat dock at the Midway boat ramp on the South Dakota side of Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, S.D. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) staff inspected 11 ... Read More »

Thanksgiving 2014

DSCN6189

Like everyone, I absolutely enjoy the time off that I have on holidays.  You can bet that I will spend some time in the field and on the water in the next few days.  Unfortunately, I believe it is easy for us to get caught up in the time off and not really think about the reason for it.  It also seems to me that in our pop culture we go right from the decorations and lights of Halloween directly ... Read More »

Extremely Grateful for Things in Nature

021

There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great country of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of things of which to be thankful. The Nebraska skies and grasslands are among them. During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful  for while I was in the field. As you read through these, ... Read More »

Panhandle Passages: Check Station Miscellany

JH20141119_3249

This was my second year of being assigned to two days of deer check station duty at Rushville during the firearm season. The 12-hour shifts can seem long at times, but I really enjoy having conversations with the hunters and hearing from them what’s happening in the field. As was the case last year, I saw some nice mule deer and whitetails. The most prominent memories I carry away from the experience, however, have little to do with antler mass ... Read More »