Outdoor Nebraska - Upcoming Events


October 08, 2014 - October 09, 2014
Gering Civic Center
Melissa Panella
(402) 471-5708
October 8, 2014
- 8:00 AM Sign-in 
- 8:30 Welcome & Keynote Presentation
- 9:30 Conservation Program
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 PM Conservation Program
- 5:30 Dinner

October 9, 2014
- 8:00 AM Sign-in
- 8:30 Welcome & Conservation Program
- Noon Field Trip (Lunch To Go)
- 5:00 PM (Program Conclusion/Option to Return to Gering Civic Center)
- End Time 5:00 PM on Oct. 9

Join us for the 4th Annual Natural Legacy Conference in a land with healthy hunting ground rich with Wild Turkeys and other wildlife, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep roaming the countryside, and at-risk bat species flying the night skies of the Wildcat Hills and Pine Ridge. The Nebraska Natural Legacy Project invites natural resource professionals and conservationists to gather each year to learn about important actions taking place in the state for wildlife habitat and at-risk species. Natural Legacy Conference 2014 moves west this year to take place on October 8-9 at the Gering Civic Center. In addition to informative talks and the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and colleagues, there will be guided tours of the North Platte River and the Wildcat Hills. Lunch, coffee, pastries, and snacks will be provided each day of the Conference. Your registration will also include dinner on the night of October 8. Register today!

Contact us for more information. You may wish to secure lodging at the Monument Inn (1130 M St, Gering, NE 69341, 308-436-1950) located adjacent to the Gering Civic Center. A block of rooms will be held for participants of the conference until September 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM. If you are an employee of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission who will need a sleeping room reservation, please contact Melissa Panella directly before Sept. 7 with your room request

Preliminary agenda includes, but is not limited to, the following presenters:

  • Conservation in the Pine Ridge - Jane Darnell, U.S. Forest Service, NE National Forests and Grasslands
  • Mountain Lions, Sam Wilson, NE Game & Parks Commission
  • Bats of the Wildcat Hills and Pine Ridge - Keith Geluso, University of Nebraska - Kearney
  • Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep – Todd Nordeen, NE Game & Parks Commission
  • Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt – Jared McJunkin, National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Plant Communities of the Wildcat Hills (visit to Cedar Canyon WMA) – Gerry Steinauer, NE Game & Parks Commission
  • Conservation on the North Platte River and Wildcat Hills – Emily Munter, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Setting Conservation Priorities: Biologically Unique Landscape Planning in the Pine Ridge – Melissa Panella, NE Game & Parks Commission
  • Climate change adaptation strategies: helping biodiversity cope – Rick Schneider, NE Game & Parks Commission
  • Golden Eagle telemetry project – Division of Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Swift Fox – Lucia Corral, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Platte River Basin Environments – Hod Kosman
  • Climate Change Assessment – UNL Climate Scientist
  • Pollinators – Pheasants Forever
  • Documented Fish Declines in the Missouri River – Fisheries, NE Game & Parks Commission
  • Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

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