2017 Wildlife Newsletter-for Web

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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 Gray tree frog 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 2017 and WILD PLACES Whooping Cranes – one of the most endangered cranes species in North Americas with a wild population of about 300 individuals. Saving Wildlife PHOTO BY ROCKY HOFFMANN PHOTO BY BOB GRIER ebr inc bat and and everything in bet N I nsects may be the least loved members of the animal kingdom. Some of them bite, sting, or eat our food! Nevertheless, we need them – or at least most of them. A lot of insects are actually quite fascinating, as many a curious kid, wildlife watcher, or entomologist has discovered. Insects are an essential part of ecosystems. They serve a critical role in food webs, pollination, and in providing products such as silk, honey, and beeswax used in numerous items including lip balms, salves, moisturizers, and cosmetics. Some of the best native insect pollinators include butterflies, moths, bumble bees, beetles, and ants. The monarch (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most well-known butterfly species in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Despite the popularity of this long-distance migrant, the butterfly has been in steep decline because of threats such as habitat loss, pesticide a o By Melissa J. Panella, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Pollinators More Than Pretty Butterf lies

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