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Photo gallery: Spring migration of waterfowl headed north for summer

Birdwatchers in the Platte and Missouri River valleys are enjoying peak viewing this weekend, with the spring migration of cranes and geese in full swing as the birds move north to summer nesting areas.

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Notes: Numbers are down for mule deer

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has completed the second year of an annual mule deer survey in portions o…

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Pine Ridge mule deer count less than last year

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has completed the second year of an annual mule deer survey in portions of the Pine Ridge management unit in northwestern Nebraska.

New headwind may shift their range

Changing climate means sun might begin to set on sandhill cranes' migration through Nebraska

The arrival of hundreds of thousands of cranes along the Platte River is considered one of the continent's great wildlife spectacles. But a National Audubon Society report indicates that with climate change, the cranes’ winter ranges will shift northward and expand, so they may migrate across Nebraska in smaller numbers.

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Lewis and Clark SRA acquires fire truck for $1

Dave Kinnamon, park superintendent at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), has had his share of experience with fire. Before accepting his current position at the SRA near Crofton in late 2013, Kinnamon served as park superintendent at Chadron State Park in western Nebraska, where he helped to combat the forest fires of 2012.

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Conservation officers surprise third grade class

Conservation officers Alexandra Frohberg and Tom Zimmer made a surprise visit to Covington Elementary in South Sioux City recently. As part of a class assignment, third grade student Kevin Castro wrote to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to invite staff to visit his class and to read.

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Public invited to Game and Parks meeting in Lexington

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider changes to big game regulations March 20 at a meeting in Lexington.

2015 spring migration photos: Cranes, eagles, kids more

Kids carry on tradition

Nebraska mom's brood revives lemonade stand for viewers of sandhill cranes

Birdwatchers flock to the Platte River valley in central Nebraska every year to watch the spring migration of waterfowl, including Sandhill cranes.

Game and Parks Commission offers private archery lessons in Lincoln

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering private lessons for beginner or novice archers indoors at the commission's Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.

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Goose hunts scenic and a service

Tim Root likes to fiddle with decoys. It’s a good thing, considering the spread of decoys he uses to attract light geese numbers more than 2,000.

Opening scheduled for March 31 for Sarpy County's Prairie Queen Recreation Area

The Papio-Missouri River NRD also approves work for Platte River Landing in Douglas County

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Residents’ complaints dash state's plans for ATV park at Ash Hollow

Nebraska Game and Parks officials sidetracked the plan this week after local residents complained the activity would spoil an area that was an Oregon Trail oasis during the mid-1800s.

Mountain lion cub shot, killed under NW Nebraska porch

A mountain lion cub was shot and killed under a farmhouse porch in northwest Nebraska this week.

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Game and Parks to stock catchable-size trout in city ponds

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month.

Iowa wildlife officials want to limit turtle harvest season

Iowa wildlife officials are proposing limits on when wild turtles can be captured throughout the year, after seeing a rise in their harvest due to an increased demand for turtle meat overseas.

As sandhill cranes bring tourism dollars to Nebraska, the state watches birders' habits

More than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on the Platte River Valley during their migration, a phenomenon estimated to contribute more than $10.3 million to Nebraska's economy every year. The state now wonders whether it would pay off to promote tourism focused on other avian species.

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Grand Island graduate donates $1 million to Ducks Unlimited

A Grand Island graduate who moved to Texas for college and a job in the oil industry has given $1 million for restoring the Platte River basin habitat.

Nebraska Game and Parks schedules Archery Fun Shoots

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled special archery shoots for this coming week.

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Notes: Construction begins on shooting complex

Construction has begun on a new, family friendly shooting complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering.

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Troop muster at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Fort

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, one of America’s best preserved frontier forts, will soon host dozens of military and civilian living historians and reenactors. On April 18-19, step back in time to 1865 to experience a day in the life of soldiers and civilians living on an army post on the Great Plains. Events will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

'Tis the season: Sandhill cranes migrating back to Nebraska

This year’s crane migration very well could mimic what happened two years ago, one biologist said, when there were 26,700 cranes in central Nebraska on Feb. 28, with that number jumping all the way to 73,000 cranes on March 7.

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