Nebraskaland Jan/Feb 2019

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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26 Nebraskaland • January-February 2019 Outdoor Nebraska By Renae Blum Winter may be in full force, but there's still outdoor fun to be had, whether your thing is hunting, birdwatching, fi shing, hiking, or just spending time with loved ones. Read on for some ideas on what to do during these chilly months. To read about fun park events coming up, visit Backyard Bird Feeding Throughout the winter | Statewide Food for birds may be scarce right now. Help our feathered friends by setting up a feeder. Nebraskaland Regional Editor Julie Geiser says that birds love to snack on sunfl ower seeds, cracked corn, saffl ower seeds, Niger or thistle seeds, peanut hearts and shelled, unsalted and dry-roasted peanuts. Also, keep your feeders clean to keep hungry birds from getting sick. "Wash your feeders at least monthly in a light 9:1 water-to-bleach solution, then rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry," Geiser says. Get Ready for Spring Turkey Throughout the winter | Statewide Get a jump on spring turkey season and start planning this winter. Outdoor Education Specialist Aaron Hershberger recommends looking ahead and seeing what vacation days you can lock in. Also, take a look through your gear, including camera equipment. Take stock of what's missing, or what needs to be replaced or fi xed. You can also use this time to think about your goals – places you want to go and milestones you want to achieve.

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