‘It’s a mess over there’: Discarded fishing gear endangers Nebraska wildlife | News – More
They are organizing a winter clean-up that will involve several Facebook groups such as Omaha Wildlife Photographers, Birds of Prey of Nebraska, and Birds of Nebraska, among others.
Since starting to share information about the event, the nearly 5,000 members of Catfish Crazy Nebraska have donated equipment and assistance. The same goes for Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc.
Groups as far apart as Kearney want to plan their efforts in their area.
All they need is ice thick enough on the lakes and rivers that they can set an exact date, probably February.
Further cleanings were carried out during the height of the fishing season. But Kader and other organizers are hoping the ice-covered waters will allow them to remove hard-to-reach lures, floats and fishing lines in the summer.
They plan to start with Walnut Creek and Prairie Queen Lakes at Papillion, Wehrspann Lake, Zorinsky Lake, Two Rivers, and hopefully Towl Park Lake at 93rd Street and West Center Road.
“It’s a great place for bird watching and there are a lot of floats,” Kader says. “Saint moly.”
Kader said photographers she knows have spotted so many troubled birds and wildlife that they put Nebraska Wildlife Rehab on the speed dial. And that’s good with Laura Stastny, executive director of the local group that rescues and brings back injured birds and animals in the wild.