Saving Wildlife and Wild Places 2016

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ebraska's Natural Legacy includes hawks and herons, bats and butterflies, turtles and tree frogs, milkweeds and milk snakes, and almost everything in between. Nebraska is a beautiful, interesting and unique place in part because of our wildlife. About 98% of the thousands of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants are considered "nongame" species in Nebraska because they are not hunted, trapped or fished. By law, revenue from hunting and fishing licenses cannot be spent on "nongame" species, so the Wildlife Conservation Fund was created. The Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund connects people to nature through education. It is the state's primary source of funding for the research and habitat restoration necessary to ensure that spectacular nongame species, such as the whooping crane, river otter, and blowout penstemon thrive in Nebraska. By supporting the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund with a tax-deductible donation, you are taking an active part in conserving our state's diverse wildlife and our natural legacy for future generations. A Newsletter from the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund Continued on page 2 Northern River Otter You can make the difference Remember our wildlife and the wild places that we want future generations to enjoy. Make sure to "check" for wildlife on your state tax return. Look for the peregrine falcon symbol and donate all or a portion of your tax refund to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. You can also donate throughout the year by calling (402) 471-0641 or online at NebraskaWildlifeFund .org All donations are fully tax deductible 2016 and WILD PLACES Painted Turtle Saving Wildlife PHOTO BY JEFF KURRUS PHOTO BY BOB GRIER ebr inc bat and and everything in bet N E veryone knows the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus L.). Children fall in love with them while witnessing the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly in their classrooms. Adults in urban and rural areas readily recognize this butterfly, resting and feeding in the flowers in their backyard. The butterfly is found across most of the eastern United States, and although this insect weighs less than a gram, it makes-distance migrations to Mexico every year to escape the freezing winter temperatures. The migrations of monarch butterflies in North America to overwintering sites in Mexico and California can be a journey of 3,000 miles and are among one of the world's most spectacular migrations. Although the butterfly is very well known and loved, not everyone is aware of the challenges monarchs are now facing. Habitat loss threatens the migratory populations of North American monarchs throughout their annual cycle of breeding, migrating and overwintering. Based on counts in Mexico, the monarch has declined approximately t The Royal Butterflies Monarchs and Regal Fritillaries By Kristal Stoner, Wildlife Diversity Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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