Nebraska is home to a lot of different species… a lot.
We have 13 species of amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders).
48 species of reptiles (turtles, skinks, lizards, snakes).
89 species of fish.
95 species of mammals.
456 species of birds.
1,573 species of plants.
And, nearly 28,000 species of insects.
To put it another way, we have a wide biodiversity. The word “bio” means “life,” and “diversity” means “variety.” So, Nebraska has a large variety of life.
The great thing is you can see many of these species… right out your back door…. for free. Try it! Go for a walk as a family and record all the different animals you see. Go for a walk at different times of the day – first thing in the morning, late in the evening – you will see different animal at different times. Or, look closely at flowers… you will likely see lots of different kinds of insects. The key is to get out and explore! Have fun!