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Webinars

Explore science and nature both locally and globally through our virtual webinars hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks wildlife educators and naturalists!

Wild What’s Up

Head out to your backyard, local park or state park area to explore. You’ll find lots of amazing things (and make plenty of memories, too!). While you are exploring, you’ll likely find things you are curious about and maybe don’t have an answer for. So send us your nature-related questions by emailing ngpc.wildwhatsup@nebraska.gov. Lauren Darnold, one of our dedicated educators will email you back with an answer to your question. Each week, we’ll pick a few of the best to be featured on our video series. Visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/wildwhatsup/ to watch the full video series.

The Science of… Webinar Series

Join us as we explore the wild world of nature. From adaptations and phenology to life cycles and pollination, we’ll discover it all! Each mini-series will explore one topic in-depth to provide a well-rounded investigation and help students critically think about the topic.

The Science of Animal Tongues

Nebraska’s natural world is filled with all sorts of flamboyantly bizarre creatures; some are better than others at concealing their weirdness. However, hiding inside their mouths are some of the most outrageous tongues; some are serrated, some are used to smell, and some of them wrap around the animal’s brain. However, all of these outrageously strange tongues have developed unique abilities that help the animal adapt to eating their food.

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The Science of Animal Scat

Often overlooked because it is considered gross, dirty and unpleasant scat is one of the most important signs to look for when looking for animals. Scat can help relay many pieces of information when it comes to animals. All animals leave scat in one form or another, even us (though we don’t tend to leave it on the ground!). An animal’s scat can tell us what they eat, where they spend most of their time, if they’re sick, and what kind of animal it is that you’re looking at. Different kinds of animals leave different kinds of scat, and knowing how to tell which is which can help us figure out what kinds of animals live nearby.

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The Science of Animal Bites and Stings

Whether you’re in the water, on a mountain trail, or in your backyard, the wildlife you encounter have ways of protecting themselves and their territory. Through this webinar we will discuss different animals in Nebraska and the bites and stings they can inflict. Not only will we look at the types of bites and stings, but we will also focus on the science behind them. Things like venomous snakes, mosquito bites, bite forces, assassin bugs, bats, etc. The list is endless!

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The Science of Predators

Like them or not predators are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. They help control the size of prey populations, help slow down the spread of disease, reduce negative impacts that prey have on the ecosystem and remove vulnerable prey.

Predators can come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and species. Come join us this week as we discuss the importance of predators such as Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Snakes, and ladybugs (yes, they’re predators too!)

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The Science of Animal Love

Birds do it. Insects do it. Mammals do it. You get the idea…
When you get down to it, compared to the wide array of plant and animal love out there, human romantic practices start to look a little … vanilla. Tame, if you will.

Here’s our attempt to just scratch the surface of the exotic (and sometimes dangerous) ways that other creatures and green things get down.

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The Science of Animal Myths

Porcupines can shoot their quills. Bats are blind. Toads give you warts. Let’s be honest, animals do some pretty strange things, but let’s not get bogged down in the myth of it all. Whether it’s superstition, exaggeration, or just plain misunderstanding, sometimes our quest for knowledge can lead to some misguided conclusions.

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The Science of Animal Headgear

The word headgear definitely does not ooze a sexy persona, but when it comes to animals and their “headgear” this may mean the difference between getting a mate, surviving, or even thriving in their environment. Many animals in Nebraska have extensions on their head that can be adaptations used to help them in their environment. Through this virtual event we will discuss different animals in Nebraska and the “headgear” they are sporting, this will include, but not be limited to antlers and horns, crests and crowns, antennae, feathery gills, etc.

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The Science of Fossorial Animals

It’s dark, it’s dirty, it’s quiet, it’s underground. Animals that are adapted to living underground are known as fossorial animals. These animals that live underground fulfill a niche in their environment increasing their chances of survival. To live in the harsh, dark life underground animals have many physiological adaptations such as bad eyesight, small or no ears, claws and special skeletal adaptations. In this webinar we will learn what fossorial animals live in Nebraska and how they have physically and behaviorally adapted to living in this interesting environment.

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Panhandle Naturalist Webinars

Snakes of Nebraska

Snakes come in all sorts of colors and sizes. How can you tell what type of snake is living in your backyard? Through this webinar, we will explore the different types of snakes that call Nebraska home. Dennis Ferraro with University of Nebraska-Lincoln with show live snakes, chat about their unique characteristics and reveal interesting facts about their habitats.

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