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Rainwater Basin Waterfowl Study Suggests Ways to Improve Habitats

(Posted 9/17) Despite a 90% loss in wetland habitat, playa wetlands in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin (RWB) provide essential foraging and resting opportunities to approximately 7 million migratory dabbling ducks, such as mallards and northern pintails, each spring. Such opportunities are necessary for ducks to accumulate the energy and protein needed

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Two New Wetland Vegetation Management Resources Now Available

The RWBJV partnership recently finalized a pair of documents designed to be a source of information for public land managers, private lands biologists, and private landowners interested in achieving the best possible wetland habitat conditions for the millions of wetland-dependent birds that rely on this region annually. The Best Management

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North Platte River Valley Project Helps Target Habitat

In 2013, the RWBJV partnered with Ducks Unlimited, Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the University of Nebraska to initiate a project titled Sandhill Cranes and Waterfowl of the North Platte River Valley: Evaluation of Habitat Selection to Guide Conservation

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Whooping Crane Cooperative Recovery Initiative Project

During spring migration, RWBJV and partner staff conducted 24 aerial whooping crane surveys in the western basins. The flight survey period began at the end of February, a week ahead of schedule, due to an uncharacteristically early migration. During a flight in early April, four whooping cranes were observed on

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