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Wilson Island State Recreation Area set to reopen

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the Wilson Island State Recreation Area will open its gates Monday. Workers are currently adding fire rings and picnic tables.

Nebraska Game and Parks sets certification event

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled a training and certification session for youth fishing instructors.

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Invasive zebra mussels confirmed at Offutt lake

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.

Fish absent from Iowa for 80 years discovered

While collecting fish for an educational program, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician netted what appears to be the first longear sunfish identified in Iowa waters since 1932.

Iowa's Lake Darling State Park reopens after 6-year, $16M restoration

The project in southeast Iowa’s Washington County began in 2008 and included draining the 300-acre lake and replacing a dam.

Photos, video: A week at Camp Cedars, a summer tradition

For 75 years, Camp Cedars has been the summer home for thousands of Boy Scouts.

FISHING

Family fishing event at Merritt Reservoir on Saturday

A family fishing event, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Walleye Association, is scheduled Saturday at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area.

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Outdoor cooking program set at Chadron State Park

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has cooked up a program to help people improve their outdoor cuisine.

FISHING

Fishing tournament ‘keeps it simple’

As the rising sun casted a golden reflection on Lake Wanahoo on Saturday, the competitors in the Midwest Kayak Fishing Series tournament took to the water.

OUTDOORS

Notes: Fishing championships are set for Merritt

The Nebraska state high school fishing championships will be held at Merritt Reservoir on Saturday.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Iowan Auen takes third at championship

Council Bluffs resident Brad Auen finished on the podium in third place for the USA Cycling Cross-Country national championship Saturday.

Chimney Rock: 'Even after all of these years, it’s still an icon'

The historical site’s visitor center is celebrating 20 years with a daylong celebration Saturday.

Here’s what you should know about treating trees against emerald ash borer

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.

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Omaha, other Midlands cities gird for arrival of tree-killing invasive beetle

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. 

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Game and Parks staff dig their new digs

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.

2 mottled ducks, rare Nebraska visitors, spotted south of Bellevue

Birders have been flocking to a wetlands area south of Bellevue to get a look at some rare visitors to Nebraska.

Tropical brown booby makes first Nebraska appearance

The Bergeron family has been having all kinds of fun with brown booby jokes since spotting the seabird at Hanson Lake No. 2.

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Stalker in the Garden: American Robin

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. 

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Buffalo Cookouts at Niobrara State Park

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.

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Nebraska Boating: The Way We Were

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.

Bird walk planned at DeSoto Wildlife Refuge

Nature lovers can get a chance to see a variety of birds in the wild at a bird walk later this month.

Free tour of Lake Wanahoo scheduled

Pheasants Forever will be conducting a free tour of Lake Wanahoo on Saturday.

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