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Nebraska

Population: 1,711,263 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd St
Lincoln, NE 68503

402-471-0641
www.ngpc.state.ne.us

State Background

Nebraska is a Great Plains state of the United States. Nebraska gets its name from a Native American (Oto) word meaning "flat water", after the Platte River that flows through the state. Once considered part of the Great American Desert, it is now a leading farming state. Nebraskans have practiced scientific farming to turn the Nebraska prairie into a land of ranches and farms. Much of the history of the state is the story of the impact of the Nebraska farmer. Nebraskans are sometimes colloquially referred to as "Cornhuskers" (which is derived from the state nickname).

Two major climates are represented in Nebraska: the eastern two-thirds of the state has a hot summer continental climate, and the western third of the state has a semiarid steppe climate. The entire state experiences wide seasonal variations in temperature and precipitation. Average temperatures are fairly uniform across Nebraska, while average annual precipitation decreases from about 31.5 inches (800 mm) in the southeast corner of the state to about 13.8 inches (350 mm) in the Panhandle. Snowfall across the state is fairly even, with most of Nebraska receiving between 25 and 35 inches (650 to 900 mm) of snow annually. Nebraska is located in Tornado Alley; thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer months. The chinook winds from the Rocky Mountains provide a temporary moderating effect on temperatures in western Nebraska during the winter months. The National Wildlife Federation has found that global warming could have a harmful effect on the Nebraska's ecology and economy, promoting the kinds of drought that led to the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s and increasing the population and active season of disease-carrying mosquitos.

State Species

Big Game Antelope
Deer
Elk
Bighorn Sheep
 
Waterfowl Coots
Ducks
Geese
Mergansers
 
Furbearer Badger
Beaver
Bobcat
Coyote
Gray Fox
Long-tailed Weasel
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Raccoon
Red Fox
Striped Skunk
Small Game Cottontail Rabbit
Crow
Dove
Grouse
Jackrabbits
Partridge
Prairie Dog
Quail
Rail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Snipe
Squirrels
Turkey
Woodchuck
Woodcock
Sport Fish American Eel
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Burbot
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Goldeye
Grass Pickerel
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Paddlefish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Rock Bass
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Skipjack Herring
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Tiger Muskellunge
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Wiper
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations


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