2018 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 Swift Fox 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 2018 and WILD PLACES A monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a swamp milkweed flower. Saving Wildlife PHOTO BY LINDA KLOOSTERHOF PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAAG ebr inc bat and and everything in bet N W hen it comes to Nebraska's night-flying creatures, bats come to mind, but there are other creatures filling our night skies with intriguing names: the cottonwood dagger, chickweed geometer and blind sphinx. These are just a few of Nebraska's moths, but despite their charismatic names, Nebraska has had few people interested in conducting surveys and recording our moths. Even though there are about 11,000 moth species known in North America, Nebraska's number of recorded moths is likely very low. In Iowa, over the last 15 years, experts have done extensive surveys and estimate Iowa is home to home to nearly 2,500 species. "I would expect Nebraska to at least equal and likely exceed Iowa in moth numbers," said Neil Dankert, an expert on Nebraska butterflies who lives in Kearney. "Our native landscape is more diverse and intact." Nebraska's Moth Diversity Hidden by the Night By Gerry Steinauer, Botanist, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Common pinkband moth

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