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Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon chick banded

Got him!  Here he is in our make-shift transport box.

As you may already know, the Peregrine Falcon eyas, who we now know is a male, was banded and given a check-up today by staff from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery.  You may have already seen some video and photos on NGPC’s Twitter page.  Below are a few more photos from this morning’s event. We will be having a “Name-the-chick” contest and details will be coming soon.  All is well on the 18th Floor of the ... Read More »

Hot Pink the New Hunter Orange?

A new color for deer hunting? (altered photo)

As you may have heard, Wisconsin lawmakers are currently looking into expanding their blaze orange requirements for deer hunters to allow hot-pink to be worn as well.  The Wisconsin’s Sportsmen’s Caucus – a bipartisan group of lawmakers – hopes the introduced legislation could encourage an even greater breakdown of the gender-divide often seen in hunting, while maintaining the safety aspect of the blaze orange rules.  Females make up about 10% of the deer hunters in Wisconsin, but represent the fastest ... Read More »

Ask the C.O. on Radio Show

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Get your Nebraska outdoor law and regulation questions ready for Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo on my Saturday Morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. It airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Here’s a photo of Rich on a youth spring wild turkey hunt. Rich and I will be covering various do’s & don’ts, regulation reminders and tips for fishing, boating, state parks, wildlife, hunting and even more. Rich will also touch on what it’s like to be a conservation officer. You’ll find this program to ... Read More »

Another successful Woodmen banding

The eyases were lined up for a final "glamour shot" after they were banded and given a check-up.

We were fortunate again this late spring to make the trek up to the Woodmen Building to band the Peregrine Falcon eyases in Omaha.  As usual, we partnered with personnel from Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery along with our friends from Woodmen of the World.  Below are a few photos from the event.  If you are curious about number of males and females and other juicy details, please visit the Woodmen’s Peregrine Falcon site. Good birding! Many thanks to Barb Miller, Nicole Steier ... Read More »

Kestrels starting again before finishing what they’ve got?

Kestrel chick and eggs

If you been checking in on our American Kestrels you already know they had a successful nesting season.  The adult kestrels appear to have successfully fledged two female and two male young kestrels over the weekend, although one male remains in the nest box.  Hopefully, he takes his first flight soon and leaves his wooden prison (note: about 30 minutes after publishing this blog post, he bolted).  What came as a surprise over the weekend is the adults seem as though ... 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 »

Moose Triggers Temporary Boating Ban at Bridgeport Lake

A moose trots through Bridgeport State Recreation Area earlier this week. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Officials of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have implemented a temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area because of moose activity in the area. Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at the lake in recent weeks. “It’s unfortunate that ... Read More »

Another After Hours Rescue

Trapped Peregrine Falcon A/Y

First off, there is the need to acknowledge it is all but certain only one egg out of the original four is going to hatch this year.  This outcome is a little bit of a surprise, but it does mean the parents can direct all their attention on the single eyas.  Let’s hope for good things.  The youngster is still only a few days old so it certainly needs a lot of care and attention from its parents.  If one of the ... Read More »

Hanging with the Ladies

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It was text book spring turkey the morning my son and I guarded the woodland edge in southern Nebraska.  The first bird sounded off from the roost as the dark of night just started giving way that cloudy early morning.  From the sounds of it the turkey was not far off, either. We clucked back a soft reply and were quickly cutoff by the bird.  A little while later we tried some yelps and received another excited response.  Every call ... Read More »

Pics of One Animal, Get Another

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One of the results of spending a lot of time in the field is capturing interesting wildlife photos. Sometimes, while shooting photos of one species you capture another. Such was the case recently when I was shooting photos of white-tailed deer in Washington County, NE. Did you note what’s in the background? I didn’t see that coyote initially when I was snapping pics of the deer. It goes to show that surprises make time outdoors, time well spent! Oh, and don’t forget your camera! Read More »