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The Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference will take place September 29–30, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.  The conference will highlight current conservation research and habitat management techniques.  Presenters will share their latest research results and tricks-of-the-trade in their area of expertise.  Participants will have a chance to discuss conservation practices with others in their field and get outside to tour Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary or wetlands of the Rainwater Basin.

Presenters of Natural Legacy Conference 2015 - Program Flyer


Legacy NET Final Report: Download the 2013 report

The Publication Terrestrial Ecological Systems and Natural Communities of Nebraska (Version IV) is Available Online
Steven B. Rolfsmeier of the Kansas State University Herbarium and Gerry Steinauer of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have completed a document that describes ecological systems for Nebraska.  Anyone can use this reference to learn more about plant communities in Nebraska.  And, natural resource professionals can use this valuable tool as they work to conserve the state’s biological diversity.  

Nebraska’s At-Risk Wildlife Pocket Field Guide
What are Nebraska’s at-risk species?  Where can you find them?  You can find the answers to these questions and more in Nebraska’s At-Risk Wildlife, the latest effort of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project.  The pocket field guide describes 85 at-risk animals and plants, including their biological life histories and distributions in Nebraska.  The book includes suggested conservation actions that could help prevent the extinction of the state’s native wildlife.  This book was made available as a non-profit environmental education endeavor of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project.  Visit any of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission District Offices during regular business hours to pick up your free copy.


Tern Cam
The solar-powered Tern Cam gives us a bird’s eye view into the lives of two endangered Least Terns following their instincts to nest, incubate, and raise young near the Loup River in Nebraska.  This project was made possible because of support from the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project, Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Onlookers watched from the convenience of their personal computers as three chicks, affectionately named Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod, hatched successfully and fledged the nest in the summer of 2010.  Be sure to check out the website next nesting season in late spring/early summer to see more nesting terns.

For more information, visit www.ternandplover.unl.edu/terncam.htm

Central Loess Hills Rangeland Management Workshop
The 2nd annual Rangeland Management Workshop was held on Aug. 21, 2009 at the Big Sky Land and Cattle Company and Hugh Clarke ranch, near Broken Bow, Nebraska.  A total of 30 farmers, ranchers, and natural resource professionals participated in the day’s activities.  Participants visited locations to discuss site operations and conservation programs.  Workshop members saw a pasture that had recently been prescribe burned.  An electric fence exclosure within the burn unit allowed participants to examine vegetation differences between grazed and rested areas.  Several presenters gave valuable information on rangeland management.  The workshop was supported by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  If you have ideas, topics, or information for rangeland workshops, please contact Ben Wheeler, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, at 308-750-2652 or ben.wheeler@nebraska.gov


Focus on Pheasants Habitat Tours
In 2009, Wildlife Division Staff and partners conducted 3 Focus on Pheasants Habitat Tours in Johnson County, Harlan County, and Branched Oak.  Over 120 individuals participated in these events.



Prairie and Woodland Management in Southeastern Nebraska
Nearly 7000 acres of grassland and woodland were burned in this region during 2009 in an effort to improve tallgrass prairie and oak woodland ecosystems.  Additionally, a patch-burn grazing research project was initiated on several State Wildlife Management Areas and private properties through a partnership endeavor with more than a dozen landowners.

Accomplishments in the Wildcat Hills
The first meeting in the area was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Chadron State College and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  There were 18 landowners that attended and the topics of habitat management varied widely, but also discussed how to improve local involvement.

Since 2007, thousands of acres have benefited from fire management.  Fencing protected riparian/spring areas for wildlife.  Also, a high fence positioned around a big game reserve was replaced with a wire fence to facilitate wildlife movement.  Wildlife friendly fencing was installed (smooth wire) to exclude cattle from another riparian corridor.  Other conservation actions in this region include pine thinning, cedar removal and prescribed grazing which have been implemented on thousands of acres.  Presentations, posters, newsletters and seminars were given to a variety of groups.  Specifically, posters highlighting the importance of plants and animals were produced for the Wildcat Hills Biologically Unique Landscape. 

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