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Tours

2014 Landowner Habitat Tours

Tour Topic

Date and Time

Starting Location

Details

Habitat Management for Birds through CRP and Bird ID Tour

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May 20, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm CST

Union Bank Meeting Room
1313 K
Fairbury, NE 68352

This tour will educate landowners on trends in early-successional habitats and the bird species that depend upon them and the resources and tools available to help create habitat on their land through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The workshop will be preceded by a property walk to see various kinds of management activities that have resulted in various types of bird habitats.

Bobwhite Quail habitat needs workshop and habitat management tour.

June 11, 2014
11:00 am – 2:30 pm CST

Alexandria Community Center
506-510 Nebraska 53
Alexandria, NE 68303

This tour will discuss the habitat needs of bobwhite quail a long with management activities that you can do to get quail back on your property

What’s the Buzz about Pollinators?

June 19, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm MST

Mid-Plains Community College
1324 Broadway
Imperial, NE 69033

Discover the Buzz about Pollinators during National Pollinator Week, this tour will include identification of plants and forbs found in the area.  The tour will also highlight project areas where habitat management activities have been implemented.

Panhandle Pollinators: A closer look at pollinators and how they affect you!

June 19, 2014
9:00 am-1:00 pm MST

Wildcat Hills Nature Center
210615 Hwy 71
Gering, NE 69341

The tour will take a look at an active beehive before touring some land where multiple pollinator friendly practices are occurring; all before taking part in an activity that will bring home the importance of everything that pollinators really do.

CRP Upgrades with High Diversity Seed Mixes, SAFEs and Pollinator Habitat. What is it supposed to look like?

June 19, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm CST

Rosemont Trap Club, Rosemont Nebraska

Tour will highlight CRP reenrollments with high diversity seed mixes, SAFEs, and Pollinator Habitat.  Bees will be captured to look at bee diversity within these plantings and to show the importance of flowering plants.

Developing seed mixes for your habitat project

June 25, 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm CST

USDA Service Center
36465 Hwy 34
Trenton, NE 69044

This tour will take an in depth look at how to design seed mixes for your wildlife habitat project. Discussions for the day will include designing diverse mixes for pollinator’s, pheasants and quail. After lunch a field visit will be conducted.

Benefits of Prescribed Fire

June 26, 2014
5:30 – 9:00 pm CST

Curtis Cattle Company
223 Center Ave
Curtis, NE 69025

Enjoy a free meal and see how ranchers are overcoming the challenges of implementing fire and its impacts on range productivity. Field tour included. Open to the first 30 participants to pre-register.

Pollinator Habitat Past & Present

June 26, 2014
9:00 am – 2:00 pm CST

Lexington Public Library
907 N Washington
Lexington, NE 68850

This field day will encompass the year to year progression through succession of habitat projects that directly benefit both pollinating insects and other wildlife.

Where are all the Pheasants?

June 27, 2014
12:00-4:00 pm CST

UNL West Central Research & Extension Center
WCREC Auditorium
402 W State Farm Rd
North Platte, NE 69101

A look at the changing landscape and how we are managing pheasants and other upland wildlife in an agriculture dominated landscape.

Prairie and Wetland Restoration in Eastern Nebraska

July 10, 2014
5:30-8:30 pm CST

Tekamah Memorial Park
613 N 13th St
Tekamah, NE 68061

Looking at high diversity WRP sites in Burt County

Lake Wanahoo Wildlife & Wildflower Walk

July 19, 2014
9:30 am – 1:30 pm CST

Lake Wanahoo
Main Boat Ramp
Wahoo, NE 68066

Join us for a Saturday morning hike as we tour Lake Wanahoo to discover its wildlife and wildflowers.

Upgrading & Managing CRP & WRP for Grassland Birds, Pollinator Habitat & Plant ID Tour

July 24, 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Williams Cabin
From Fullerton, 4m South on Hwy 14 to Rd. Z turn East, 2m to Rd 19 turn North, 1/3m

This tour will highlight different management strategies for the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) as well as upgrading and managing CRP for upland birds such, northern bobwhite quail, pheasants & other grassland birds. The tour will cover how conservation programs can fit into your operation, discuss management strategies and habitat planning. The tour will also feature a Plant ID tour.

CRP Mid-Contract Management Activities

July 24, 2014
9:00 am – 2:00 pm CST

One Box Gun Club
79681 Road 435
Broken Bow, NE 68822

We will look at the overall plant diversity and identify specific pollinator important species on projects in various years following a management action to show the variance of plant responses and ultimately wildlife responses. Topics covered in this tour will include re-enrollment and mid-contract management options, and how they benefit wildlife, the water resources and the soil.

Sandhills Plant ID Tour

August 7, 2014
10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST

Myrtle Hall WMA
82267 445th Ave
Sargent, NE 68874

A plant identification tour looking at different pastures and how they are managed; hayed, grazed, or burned. Chris Helzer will be along to help identify plants and explain what plants are good for grazing and which indicate pasture health.

Northeast NE Focus on Pheasants Efforts

August 14, 2014
12:00 – 3:00 -pm CST (can cooker lunch provided)

Southwestern Knox County
6 miles West of Verdigre &
5 miles South at intersection of 518 Ave and 876 Rd

In partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission-
We’ll take a close look at the upgrade and management efforts on existing CRP and talk about what it takes to truly “make birds.” We’ll also examine some common management issues such as Siberian elm encroachment and show different ways of dealing with some of the challenges that come with owning and managing CRP.

Rangeland Management

August 21, 2014
9: 00 am-3:00 pm CST

Mid-Plains Community College
2520 S E St
Broken Bow, NE 68822

Learn about livestock strategies, invasive species management on rangeland, prescribed fire and continued impacts from the 2012 drought.

The Critical Role of Pollinators

September 19, 2014
6:00* – 9:00 pm CST

Lewis & Clark Visitor Center
100 Valmont Dr
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Learn why pollinator species are important to the natural environment and the essential role they play in backyards, agriculture, and the sustainability of our food supply.  *Social Hour at 6:00 pm  $5.00 admission fee

Family Games and Habitat Education focusing on Pollinators

September 20, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST

Nebraska City, NE 68410

Enjoy a fun day filled with children’s activities that focus on pollinators, nature, and ideas for habitat development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nebraska Statewide Habitat Tour Flyer – pdf – print and share

 

2013 Tours - There were a total of 18 Tours held between May and August, with over 250 people attending these informative habitat tours conducted by the PF Biologist.  

June 18, 2013 – Understanding the birds and the trees: Where does quality habitat come from? – Summit Lake State Recreation Area – Tekamaha, NE

 

Male Dickcissel singing in a CRP field. Photo by Scott Schmidt

Male Dickcissel singing in a CRP field. Photo by Scott Schmidt

 

A lesson in shrub identification during the habitat tour at Summit Lake SRA. Photo by Deb Ward

A lesson in shrub identification during the habitat tour at Summit Lake SRA. Photo by Deb Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2013 – Wildflower Hike - Wildcat Hills Nature Center -  Gering, NE

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