Adults are invited to grab a buddy and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Omaha’s Zorinsky Lake on July 25 for Fishing with Friends.

This adult-based opportunity is a chance for like-minded individuals who have little or no fishing experience to learn some skills. Bait, equipment and instruction will be provided.

Beyond fishing, participants can learn how to clean fish and cook fish in a healthy manner. In addition, experts will be on hand to teach kayaking and kayak fishing. A vendor will be on-site with information on how to purchase a kayak. Kayaks will be provided. Kayakers must be at least 12 years old.

Fishing is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Look for the fishing trailer near the boat ramp along the south shore. Adults will need a fishing license, which they can purchase at outdoornebraska.org.

Catfish Fishing event set

Learn all aspects of fishing for catfish at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Discover Catfish Fishing event Aug. 1 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake.

This event will be held in conjunction with Community Fishing Night, only later in the evening. Community Fishing Night at the lake will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with Discover Catfish Fishing from 8 to 10 p.m.

Participants can learn the basics of catfishing, from bait and equipment to techniques. Anglers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, but all fishing equipment will be provided. Adults will need a fishing license, which they can purchase at outdoornebraska.org.

Bighorn sheep permits

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2019 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 2. Only Nebraska residents are eligible.

Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at outdoornebraska.org. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application.

The 2019 bighorn sheep season is Dec. 3 to 22. The permit will be drawn Aug. 28.

Bioblitz set for Denton Prairie

Experience prairie wildlife and enjoy time together as a family at a bioblitz to be held July 13 at Denton Prairie.

A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Attendees will have fun exploring the outdoors as they count as many living things as possible in three hours, with teams looking for birds, insects, plants and more.

“Bioblitzes are a unique chance to learn about the diversity of plants and animals in the area from local wildlife experts,” Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist Alie Mayes said. “It is amazing just how many species you can identify in such a short time.”

The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a bird banding demonstration. Check-in for the bioblitz begins at 8:30 a.m. and participants will begin looking for species around 9 a.m. The event ends at noon. Water and snacks will be available; participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Denton Prairie is located at the corner of Cass and W. 2nd Street in Denton. Park at the Denton Community Center, 7115 Lancaster Ave., and walk two blocks southwest to the prairie.

Calendar

TUESDAY

» Wetland Conservation Along the River, Ord USDA Service Center, Ord

» Start of Archery Academy Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

» Nebraska Bowfishing Mentor Program Northeast, Ponca SP, Ponca. Also Thursday and July 18

WEDNESDAY

» Family Fun Night, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook. Also July 24

FRIDAY

» Community Fishing Night, City Park Lake, Holdrege

» S’mores with the Doerrs, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

» Start of Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford

SATURDAY

» Introduction to Archery, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard

» Water Wonders, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

» Sixth annual “Event with a View,” Niobrara SP, Niobrara

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Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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