Exploring Nebraska

Stories from the Nebraska Panhandle

In this special edition of Nebraska Stories we feature stories from the Nebraska Panhandle. “Wildcat Hills” In a state known for its flat land, the Wildcat Hills in western Nebraska provides a dramatic alternative. The landscape is a unique co-existence of prairie and mountain ecosystems, featuring beautiful rolling hills, rocky formations and habitats for unique plant and animal species. A local rangeland ecologist takes us on a walk in the wild lands of the Wildcat Hills. “Folkloric Dance” Colorful costumes swirl to the rhythm of traditional Latin American music under the sandy buttes of Scottsbluff National Monument. Dance instructor Mary Ann Shockley reflects on her years of teaching the skills of Mexican baile to the children of the panhandle community. “The Swift Fox” It’s the size of a cat, but a member of the dog family and Nebraska’s most elusive wildlife. It’s also on the endangered species list. Go in the field with UNL student researcher Lucia Corral to learn how scientists are trying to save an important member of the Great Plains ecosystem known as the swift fox. “Brown Sheep Company” There are only a handful of active wool mills in the United States, but one of the best is located in the Panhandle. Peggy Jo Wells and her husband, Robert, are producing wool that’s not only sought after by crafters, but has also captured the eye of a New York designer. “Spreading Hayseed” Songs for farmers and the people who love them- that’s what Susan Werner sings about in her latest album co-funded by the LIED Center. She tours the state to share her musical homage to the best of rural life.

Kay Hall / Michele Wolford

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