The following is an excerpt from Wildlife of Nebraska: A Natural History by Paul A. Johnsgard (Bison Books, 2020). From Chapter 2: Mammals Family Vespertilionidae (Vesper Bats) Townsend’s Big-earedBat. Corynorhinus townsendii .HL (NW), Ra Identification: This easily identified pale-brown bat … Continue reading Excerpt: Wildlife of Nebraska
A holiday first suggested by Nebraska journalist and tree-lover J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day was initially a day set aside to encourage pioneers to plant trees in an otherwise flat and lonely landscape. Since 1885 Arbor Day has … Continue reading Celebrate Nature this Arbor Day
Yesterday Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers tried to persuade fellow lawmakers to repeal a law that allows county officials to kill black-tailed prairie dogs on private property but the bill didn’t receive enough votes to pass. Black-tailed prairie dogs are native … Continue reading Prairie Dog Empire in Nebraska
Read the beginning of Chapter 1, "Lesser Sandhill Cranes", from Sandhill and Whooping Cranes: Ancient Voices over America's Wetlands by Paul A. Johnsgard:
"There is a wonderful old tradition in some parts of Scandinavia, in which the children hang their stockings outside their houses during those days in early spring when the European common cranes first return from their wintering areas in France and Spain. Sometimes the children place an ear of corn or some other gift for the cranes, whose welcome voices and overhead flocks are the surest sign of spring and renewed hope for the future after enduring a long, unbearably dark and frigid Scandinavian winter.