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Outdoors

Monitor the statewide bear harvest in real time

HARRISBURG — Those looking for to track of Pennsylvania’s 2020 bear harvest can find harvest totals, breakdowns of harvests by county and season, and a list of the 10 heaviest bears harvested so far by visiting the Game Commission’s website. Just go to www.pgc.pa.gov, click on the ...

Working forests work to enhance your daily life

HARRISBURG — In honor of National Forests Products Week, take a moment to look around. Whether you are at home, work, or at play, chances are you will catch a glimpse of a wood product. “Wood products are all around us,” says Nicholas Bisaccia, chairman of the board of Keystone Wood ...

Elk season starts Monday

HARRISBURG — Coming off the heels of an unforgettable archery-only elk hunt when 21 of 26 bowhunters — and all 10 who hunted bulls — harvested elk, the 104 general season elk license holders, 26 for bulls and 78 for antlerless, are primed for one of the most exciting hunting adventures in ...

Valuing standing timber and the role of the consulting forester

UNIVERSITY PARK — Many Pennsylvania woodland owners use their property for recreation, a place to hunt, attract and view wildlife, a place for quiet reflection, or as a family legacy to pass on to the next generation. As part of their ownership goals, woodland owners may want or need to ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Tylersville Vs. Liberty Township Tylersville 0-1 Liberty Township 10-0 Kyler Phillips 98-6 Lenny Young JR 100-6 Chad Riley 96-2 ...

Protect yourself from ticks, mosquitoes while outdoors during fall months

HARRISBURG — As people continue to spend time outdoors during the fall months, the Wolf Administration wants to remind residents of the dangers of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses, and to take steps to protect themselves. “Autumn is a wonderful season to spend time outdoors and ...

Finding fall foliage in Clinton County

Editor’s Note: This article is being rerun today due to inadvertant errors in yesterday’s article caused by The Express’ new computer system. We apologize for the mistakes and hope you’ll hit the road and admire some of Mother Nature’s finest. LOCK HAVEN — If you’ve been waiting ...

Bird Watchers: Bluebirds are a success story

If you enjoy the outdoors you’ve most likely walked the trails at Rider Park. And if gardening is one of your hobbies you’ve probably spent some time wandering around the Sensory Garden at the County Farm, and perhaps walked the Conservation Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can also experience ...

These are Pennsylvania’s top fall foliage spots

With a focus on state parks and state forests, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has put together a list of some of the most unique spots for viewing fall foliage in the state. Here are the agency’s recommendations: —Route 44 northwest from its Route 220 ...

Statewide archery season begins Oct. 3

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 3, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 3 to Nov. 14; Sunday, Nov. 15; and from ...

Let’s give our birds a hand: plant some natives!

It’s no big secret that many of us really enjoy the sight and sounds of our birds. The fact that you’re reading this article may indicate that you are part of that group. Per the 2011 Census, 47 million people in the U. S. consider themselves to be bird watchers. Some of us in recent ...

Elk cam goes live

Each September, thousands of visitors make their way to Pennsylvania’s elk country to experience for themselves the wonder of the bugling season. And while there’s nothing quite like seeing a giant bull up close, or feeling your rib cage resonate as it lets loose an ear-splitting bugle, ...

Yellowstone visitation higher in July compared to last year

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Visitation to Yellowstone National Park has increased substantially, park officials said. Visitation rates were higher in July than they were in the same month last year. This comes after the park’s overall visits had been down 49% from last year through the end of ...

U.S. releases draft assessment of Idaho open-pit gold mines

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in salmon habitat in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents involving ...

Treasure hunting meets tech in geocaching

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — On a sweltering Saturday morning, Connor Russell found some shade near the historic Sandford House’s iron-gated basement. He’d given up on the family scavenger hunt, opting instead to frolic around the manicured property in Heritage Square, where Union soldiers were ...

Study finds many Michigan eagles die from being hit by cars

DETROIT — America’s iconic national bird, the bald eagle, has made an impressive comeback from its days as an endangered species. But its leading threats remain rooted in human activity, the most comprehensive study ever of bald eagle mortality in Michigan finds. Researchers with the U.S. ...

Black Hills beef: Stockpiling a food source for winter

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — While his cows munch merrily on the fulsome foliage within the Black Hills National Forest, local rancher Aaron Thompson is hard at work making sure his bovine have plenty to eat come winter. “We can rely on nature to feed (the cows) through late spring, early fall, ...

Report: Pa. falls behind in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the health of the nation's largest estuary is continuing to improve. But it says Pennsylvania still isn't doing enough to reduce the amount of pollution that's flowing into the bay from the state. The Maryland-based nonprofit released ...

Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan. The attack happened July 21, when the drone was ...

Bird Watchers

Red-breasted nuthatches are often a challenging and favorite bird for local birders. Many are probably more familiar with their relative, the white-breasted nuthatch, which is a very common deciduous forest and feeder bird. Most who see red-breasted nuthatches find the winter visitors, which ...