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Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
A deer survey will be conducted at Homestead National Monument of America on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Please come and help the monument count deer. No experience is needed; just show up at the Education Center for a 9:30 a.m. orientation. Wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, and good walking shoes. The walkers will hike approximately 3/4 of a mile through the prairie. For those who can't or don't want to walk that far, people are needed to watch the road to the west of the monument and count the deer as they exit. The survey will be completed by 12 p.m. Motorists on State Highway 4 need to be alert for deer crossing the highway as they drive through the monument on the morning of April 2, 2011.
The count was originally scheduled for February however due to snowy conditions it was postponed.
“April is a wonderful time to see the prairie and woodland as it wakes up from it's winter sleep while helping the monument determine the number of deer that are using the monument.” said Superintendent Mark Engler.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2011. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America). For information on the monument’s programs or activities, please call (402) 223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home.
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. The visitor centers' current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is free of charge.