Geiser: Nebraska Game and Parks Offering a Pair of Free Opportunities | outdoor sports

By Julie Geiser Outside Columnist / NGPC

Free fishing and park admission day in Nebraska is this Saturday. Get out and explore a state park or go fishing with family and friends at a state recreation area without buying a park entry permit or day fishing permit.

Free Fishing and Park Admission Day, held each year in Nebraska on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, means anyone can explore the outdoor possibilities at any state park in the Nebraska, State Recreation Area or State Historic Park. Anglers must follow all fishing regulations. Camping, lodging, and all other user fees still apply in state park areas.

Several family activities are planned at state parks across the state to celebrate the day. For details on park events happening on Free Fishing and Park Admission Day, visit calendar.outdoornebraska.gov to find an event near you.

Nebraska has 76 state parks with opportunities like fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and even learning history at a historic park. of state. Visit a park on May 22 to make family memories, experience something new, and spend time outdoors.

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Take the Fishing Challenge

Saturday is also a great opportunity to participate in the Take ’em Fishing Challenge, where anglers can take new, old or inexperienced anglers and compete for a chance to win prizes. Fishing permits are generally required for anglers 16 and older, but not on the day of free fishing and park entry. Take a photo of your fishing adventure and submit it to the Game and Parks web page at outdoornebraska.gov/takeemfishing/ where you can find more information about the challenge.

Fishing is vital to the conservation of Nebraska’s natural resources, as the money generated from the sale of fishing licenses and aquatic habitat stamps is used to maintain healthy fishing, improve water quality and improve fishing. access for fishermen.

Fishing also improves mental health, brings families and friends together, and creates more inspired workers. Economically, the fishery also provides a huge boost, contributing $324 million to the state’s economy each year and creating $210 million in retail sales.

Fishing can provide many memories for friends and families and continue the long tradition of outdoor fun for many. Get outside this month and enjoy all the benefits the outdoors has to offer. We are so lucky to have such a state that is rich in outdoor activities, places to go, and people to enjoy them with.

International Migratory Bird Month

Now is the time to get out and see the many species of birds that migrate through our area. Shorebirds are visible from many highways and back roads near wet meadows and across dunes, while other small songbirds can be seen in city and state parks, recreation areas in the State and wildlife management areas.

Recent rains have filled many grasslands and dune beaches, attracting many birds like avocets, curlews, ibises and egrets in search of worms, grubs and other nutrient-rich food.

Other birds may pass or have returned for the summer to nest and breed including Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Oriole, White-crowned Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow and many more . This is a good time to provide backyard birds with food, water, and nesting material.

Nebraska is located on a major bird migration route, and thousands of species pass through it each spring and fall. This makes Nebraska a wonderful place for bird watching. To celebrate all the different species, there is an International Migratory Bird Day. The day began in 1993 and is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May. It’s a chance for conservationists, natural resource agencies, families and individuals to celebrate birds and bird migration.

Realizing that not all agencies and organizations can hold birding events on a specific Saturday, organizers in Nebraska decided to create a month-long celebration of birds, birding and migration. birds to help Nebraskans discover and appreciate our feathered friends.

Raising public awareness is crucial for the conservation of migratory birds. Citizens who are passionate about birds and informed about what is happening in the world of birds can make a significant contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations. Through Nebraska International Migratory Bird Month events, the public can be educated, inspired and empowered to conserve and protect our bird populations.

Nebraska Game and Parks and the All Bird Club of North Platte will host a birding event on Saturday, May 21 at Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area as part of Nebraska International Migratory Bird Month and Entry Day. free at the park.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a birding hike in the Buffalo Bill SRA Campground Shelter Zone. From there we will walk along the trail adjacent to the North Platte River to find different species of birds, learn about bird identification tips and tools of the trade. At 11:00 am we will return to the shelter area to build bird feeders, balls of nesting material as well as feeding tips and how to attract birds to your garden. All ages are welcome to attend the free event.

Loaner binoculars will be available, bring your own binoculars and camera gear if you have them.

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