November 24, 2015 greg wagner

There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great nation of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of wonderful things of which to be thankful, large and small.

During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful for while I was in the field. As you look and read through these, I want you to think about specific things in our outdoor world of which you are grateful.

The Nebraska skies are among them.



I am extremely grateful for water, as it flows in this spring-fed creek, for without water there is no life.



I am extremely grateful for trees — large, old native bur oaks like this one (If only they could speak to us).



I am extremely grateful for woodlands where many species of wildlife roam and call home.


I am extremely grateful for grasslands, most notably for programs that encourage and enhance grassland habitat. 094














I am extremely grateful for nongame wildlife species such as this Dark-eyed Junco, all wildlife matters and all things are intertwined in nature.


I am extremely grateful for the successful re-introduction of various wildlife species such as the wild turkey (I never tire of watching wild turkeys and their antics, even at a distance).


I am extremely grateful for the sights and sounds of wildlife visitors such as these migratory Canada geese (I go to bed at night still hearing those geese overhead).



I am extremely grateful for nature’s bounty and being able to be a direct participant in the conservation and management of wildlife.


And, I am extremely grateful for the beauty and pure solitude that nature offers in Nebraska.


How about you, what are you grateful for in nature? Perhaps its the common milkweed (growing on our farm) which is superb pollinator habitat and critical habitat for the monarch butterfly.



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