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Nebraskaland March 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 • March 2019 Outdoor Nebraska By Renae Blum The outdoor world is slowly waking up. Don't miss the start of spring – try these ideas for outdoor fun this month to stay active and enjoy time outside with family and friends. Spot a ring- necked snake Late March | Eastern Nebraska Ring-necked snakes are one of the fi rst snakes to emerge from hibernation in Nebraska, says Nebraska Game and Parks wildlife educator Monica Macoubrie. "During this time, if you fl ip a few rocks, logs or pieces of metal, you might fi nd hundreds of these snakes huddled in the same spot," she writes. "Ring-necked snakes are some of the smallest snakes in Nebraska, reaching about the length of a ruler. They are olive green to gray on top and bright yellow, red, and orange on their stomachs." Harlan white pelican watch March 1 – April 15 | Harlan County Reservoir Annually, hundreds and sometimes thousands of American white pelicans land in Harlan County Reservoir to feed on their way to breeding grounds in the north. For locals, the arrival of the large birds is a sign that spring is almost here. The annual White Pelican Watch starts March 1 and runs through April 15, although dates and numbers of birds can be variable. Pelicans can generally be observed during daylight hours from locations all around the Reservoir. Learn more at harlantourism.org.

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