Outdoor Files: Memorial Day safety reminders

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What is one of the best barometers of how our environment is doing? Our butterfly populations. If our pollinators are hurting, it is likely due to habitat loss or damage.

A plan has been developed to help reverse the decline of the Monarch butterfly. Part of that strategy means planting milkweed, the Monarch caterpillar’s food plant. The plan isn’t regulatory. It encourages volunteerism to help boost existing government agency efforts to save the butterfly. Things can be done in your neighborhood backyards to rural landscapes. This plan is called the Mid America Monarch Conservation Strategy. Just do an internet word search of Mid America Monarch to led you to a website that will detail the plan’s goals. Also through May, the site is asking for your comments about the endeavor. If you wish to read a more Nebraska specific view of the matter go to OutdoorNebraska.org/monarch.

The Memorial Day holiday is nearing. It is always a busy weekend and that means practice patience and courtesy with your fellow park users and boaters. Get your needed permits ahead of time. Do so electronically at OutdoorNebraska.org. Your pets are welcome but keep them on a leash. Campground theft is not a common problem, but if you’re leaving your area, try to put your more valuable gear out of site. Observe the quiet camp hours from 10 PM to 6 AM. And be responsible with alcohol in those areas where it is permitted. On that subject, here is an old public service announcement with a message that still valid today.

We are rapidly coming into the spring summer schedule of family fishing nights around the state. We supply equipment and bait if you don’t own any. See the calendar of events at OutdoorNebraska.org/FamilyFishing.

Until next week I’m Ralph Wall reminding you time outdoors is time well spent.

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