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Nebraska Game and Parks Wetland

Nebraska Game and Parks Wetland

Standing at 11ft tall, this camera looks at the day-to-day rhythm of a wetland in a highly urbanized landscape. Behind the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission building quietly stirs a small, but important wetland feature. This area was previously a mowed patch of lawn grass, but in 1999 construction began on a wetland feature that would clean and filter runoff from adjacent parking lots. Wildlife of all kinds has used this space as a home, or stopover on their migration. It has since been overtaken by invasive narrow-leaved cattail, although current management techniques are underway to improve the wetland’s function in a 21st-century landscape.

Arnold Heights Park

Arnold Heights Park

Arnold Heights Park has a trail to follow to a serene view of Lincoln atop the infamous “Tanker Hill,” a perfect place for sledding. It also has benches available for picnicking. Enjoy the scenery on a hot summer day under the shade of the trees, or come back during the winter to have some sledding fun. Arnold Heights Park is owned by the City of Lincoln.

Rocky Flats Pond

Rocky Flats Pond

Located northwest of Denver, Colorado, the Rocky Flats Wildlife National Refuge was once the site of an underground nuclear testing facility. The area was converted into a wildlife refuge after the closing of the facility. Our camera frames a ranch house and historic Lindsey barn beside a pond with a backdrop of wind turbines and the Flatirons. The riparian area along Rock Creek provides critical habitat for many species, including mule deer and a resident elk herd. This camera was retired several years ago after heavy rains and local flooding blew the dam out and drained the pond, the only permanent water feature on the property.

Urban Wetlands

Urban Wetlands

Urban Wetlands are an ecosystem often underappreciated yet they are connected to our everyday lives. Explore a story and film about the wetlands found in Nebraska’s Urban centers.

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