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Research, analysis and inventory section

The mission of the research, analysis, and inventory section of the Game and Parks Commission is to provide sound, scientific information that influences the management, preservation and understanding and of flora and fauna in Nebraska. To accomplish that, we employ a diverse staff with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines. From restoring Bighorn sheep the Pine Ridge, to recovering the critically endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle in Lincoln, our goal is to build upon current understanding of Nebraska species and their habits to aid in their conservation and management. With this page, we hope to provide updated information to keep the agency and public informed on we are doing across the state.

Descriptions of the section programs, along with links to program web pages and program manager contact information, follows.

Big Game Disease and Research Program

The Big Game Program covers the research, management, recreational use, and conservation of traditional big game animals in Nebraska, including whitetail deer, mule deer, and pronghorn (antelope). Elk and bighorn sheep only recently have become numerous enough in western Nebraska to warrant management considerations. The wandering nature of bear and moose create the possibility of rare occurrence in the state.

Program manager: Todd Nordeen, 308-763-2940

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Nongame Bird Program

The Nongame Bird Program carries out research projects and monitoring programs focused on nongame birds. A core responsibility of the Nongame Bird Program is to identify, develop and implement research and monitoring projects, with the broad goal of improving current understanding with respect to the status, temporal occurrence and spatial distribution of nongame birds in Nebraska.

Program manager: Joel Jorgensen, 402-471-5440

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Wildlife Diversity Program

The Wildlife Diversity Program is devoted to biodiversity conservation, focusing on declining species with an emphasis on nongame species. The Diversity Program is responsible for implementation of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project (State Wildlife Action Plan).

Program manager: Melissa Panella, 402-471-5444

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Upland Game Program

The Upland Game Program works to improve habitat and increase public hunting opportunities for upland game species in Nebraska, monitors upland game populations, and conducts applied research fostering a greater understanding of factors affecting upland game species and their ecological and recreational values.

Program manager: John Laux, 308-928-2541

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Waterfowl Program

Program description forthcoming.

Program manager: Mark Vrtiska, 402-471-5437

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Data and Biometrics Program

Program description forthcoming.

Program manager: Jeff Lusk, 402-471-1756

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Furbearer and Carnivore Program

Program description forthcoming.

Program manager: Sam Wilson, 402-471-5174

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Heritage Program

Program description forthcoming.

Program manager: Caroline Jezierski, 402-471-5569

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