A federal wildlife specialist discovered live adult zebra mussels in Offutt Base Lake on May 1, while checking rocks in the shallow water, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said in a written release.
The Nebraska Ash Borer Working Group, made up of representatives from agencies and industry, recommends not treating until the insect is reported within 15 miles, said Mark Harrell, forest health program manager for the Nebraska Forest Service. But Harrell acknowledged that there are differing viewpoints on treatment.
Omaha has begun taking action in an effort to get ahead of the emerald ash borer, which has devastated ash populations in the upper Midwest. City crews already have removed 120 declining ash trees in potentially problematic locations on city property.
As with most families who move into a new home, there’s some bare walls and boxes sitting in corners. But the staff at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission office in Omaha already love their new digs.
Like many people, I enjoy turning dirt – gardening and landscaping in my yard. Not only is it rewarding to see plants grow from meager beginnings, but these actions attracts birds. In spring and summer when most planting and breaking-of-ground is taking place, I seem to have a stalker that is waiting to pounce the moment I step outside and grab an implement. It is if an alarm sounds, or perhaps a dinner bell.
Last two Buffalo Cookouts of the summer will be held July 19 and August 30 at Niobrara State Park. Cookout meals of buffalo burgers, beans, salads and ice cream will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a special program. Attendees must register and purchase meal tickets at the park office before noon on the day of the cookout; tickets for adults (13 and older) is $12 and children is $8. Program is free to attend.
The quiet boating times of the early 1900s are almost impossible to imagine today, their last vestige being yellowed and dog-eared photo postcards from a time when men wore straw boater hats and women wore long white dresses, when boating was nearly as silent as the photographs of it.
Nature lovers can get a chance to see a variety of birds in the wild at a bird walk later this month.
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