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The Flatwater Landing Wildlife Management Area, located on the Platte River in Platte County, is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic. Extremely low water prevents watercraft access to the boat ramp.

ATVs and UTVs are also not currently allowed at the WMA.

Water levels will be monitored, and the WMA will reopen to vehicle access when the water returns to a level that allows watercraft access to the river.

Find other boat ramps by visiting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at OutdoorNebraska.org and browsing the map of public boating areas. Due to low water levels across the state, it is recommended to look ahead.

Nature Nerd Night with ecological superheroes on August 16th

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Keystone species are animals that play an important role in the web of life around them. Often their existence helps support dozens of other species. Examples from Nebraska are prairie dogs, bison and beavers.

Join the Ecological Superheroes virtual webinar on August 16 and learn more about how keystone species are helping living communities thrive. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Registration is required via the events listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. Attendees can submit questions during registration to be answered during the webinar. For more information, contact [email protected] or follow the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or Nebraska Wildlife Education on Facebook.

Those unable to attend can view the recorded webinar on the Nebraska Game and Parks YouTube Education Channel. The Nebraska Nature Nerd Night series takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

The “Science of” virtual webinar series will continue in August

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s popular Science of virtual webinar series continues in August. The topics for the 3 p.m. Central Time webinars are Birds of Prey on August 4th and Ecology of the Night Sky on August 11th.

The one-hour webinars are free of charge, but separate registration is required for each. Registration links can be found in the events calendar entries at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the Nebraska Game and Parks YouTube Education Channel.

For more information, contact [email protected] or check out the events on the Game and Parks Facebook page and the Nebraska Project WILD Facebook page.

Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night scheduled for August 23rd in Lincoln

Grab your nature nerds and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosting the Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Night at 7pm on August 23rd at Code Beer in Lincoln.

Nature is cool, so there’s no shortage of topics for questions to cover. Get your teams of no more than five players and get ready to compete for prizes. No registration is required. This event is for adults only. Participation in the event is free with a purchase from the host brewery.

For more information and/or questions, email [email protected]

Kayaking Clean Up at Lake Zorinsky on August 11th

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s outdoor educators in Omaha for the Kayaking Clean Up on Lake Zorinsky on August 11th.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided for anyone interested in helping clean up the trash during this night of worship and kayaking on the water. A limited number of kayaks are available for those 12 years and older who are inexperienced.

Meet at the parking lot east of 168th Street on the north side of the lake at the Zorinsky Lake Trailhead at 6:00 PM.

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration links can be found in the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.

For more information, contact Grace Gaard at [email protected]

Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to see birds from a new perspective – from the water. At the Birding by Kayak event on August 20th at 9:30am paddlers/birders will discover the incredible birds that visit Oliver Reservoir near Kimball.

This free event begins with an introduction to kayaking. Paddlers must be at least 10 years old. Kayaks, life jackets and binoculars are provided.

Registration is required by August 15 and is limited to eight people. To sign up, go to Facebook and search for Birding By Kayak – Oliver Reservoir.

For more information, contact Delanie Bruce at [email protected]

Hunters can begin purchasing permits for Nebraska’s fall 2022 turkey at 1:00 p.m. Central Time on August 8th.

A fall turkey permit is statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter can have up to two permits. There is no minimum age for youth hunters.

The fall turkey season runs from September 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023.

Permits are available at OutdoorNebraska.org and from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices.

Gifford Point WMA access permit applications will be accepted August 1-15

Individuals interested in hunting deer in the Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area this fall can apply for an access permit from August 1-15. Two hundred of these permits are issued to allow hunters access to the area.

Applicants must purchase a valid deer permit and then indicate the deer permit type and number on their application.

The use of rimfire and centerfire rifles or handguns is prohibited in Gifford. Muzzleloaders are not allowed during firearm deer season in November.

The Gifford Permit allows access to capture deer with archery equipment from September 1, 2022 to January 16, 2023 and with a muzzleloader from December 1, 2022 to January 16, 2023 as specified in the deer permit. Successful applicants will receive a combination for the lock to gain access to the gate to the WMA. The site is only permitted to persons with valid access authorization.

Deer hunters can apply to be “buddies,” which ensures that both or neither of them get permission to enter. Only two people may apply as buddies and both apply to the same application. A buddy permit does not allow party hunting. Each individual must harvest their own animal.

Vehicle access is restricted to Steinstrasse directly adjacent to the 8 foot high deer fence on the Educational Service Unit property. Access to the interior of the area is only permitted on foot.

Application forms are available at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Schramm Education Center, Schilling WMA or can be downloaded at outdoornebraska.gov/huntingseasons. If registrations exceed 200, a draw will be held on August 18th.

Applicants will be notified of the status of the drawing by email after the drawing, if provided. Applicable permits are: Muzzleloader, Statewide Archery, Statewide Youth, or Antlerless Only Season Choice Wahoo.

Southwest State Parks are temporarily banning campfires

Some southwest Nebraska state recreation areas are temporarily banning campfires as drought conditions have created extreme fire hazards.

The following Nebraska Game and Parks Commission areas have a campfire ban until further notice: Enders State Recreation Area, Gallagher Canyon SRA, Medicine Creek SRA, Red Willow State Recreation Area, Rock Creek Lake SRA and Swanson SRA.

Additional parks may be added if drought conditions persist. Additionally, due to regularly changing conditions, guests should call prior to arrival in the park areas to determine if a fire ban is in place. Parks will make decisions by working with local emergency managers and fire departments.

Those recreating in areas where campfires are permitted should exercise extreme caution and take precautions, including keeping fires small, confined in provided fire rings that are guarded at all times, and having a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby to have in case they spread. Campfires should be properly extinguished with water until all coals have completely cooled.

For more information about the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, visit OutdoorNebraska.org.