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Outdoors

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 ...

Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk

Although scientists often worry most about the loss of the world’s predators, a comprehensive new study finds that plant-eating herbivores are the animals most at risk of extinction. About one in four species of herbivores, 25.5%, are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the ...

Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents ...

Fishing surging because ‘there’s nothing else to do’

DUBUQUE, Iowa — It was early April when fishing gear started flying off the shelves at Mak’s Bait Shack in Dubuque. “It was night and day,” said owner Matt “Mak” McFadden, speaking about the sudden increase in demand for fishing supplies. “Anything outdoors became way more ...

Grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials after killing cow

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park The adult male bear had killed a cow in Park County last week and was euthanized following consultations with the ...

At the Parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. HYNER RUN — On ...

Forest property lines should be clearly marked

BELLEFONTE — Property line maintenance is one of the most important aspects of land ownership. It is your responsibility as the landowner to know where the boundaries to your property are located. Most forest landowners have a general idea where their lines are and have accurately surveyed ...

There’s something slippery in the Susquehanna

LOCK HAVEN — Snake? Fish? Somehow seeming both and neither, eels — specifically the American Eel — are returning, slowly, to the Susquehanna River. But they aren’t doing it alone. Recently, Lock Haven residents spotted Pa. Fish and Boat Commission agents restocking eels into the ...

Virtual public meeting to review Foster J. Sayers Dam plan

HOWARD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the surrounding communities to attend a virtual public meeting on Aug. 6 to review, submit feedback and comment on the draft Foster Joseph Sayers (FJS) Dam and Reservoir Master Plan and draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The virtual public ...

State-lands bat conservation plan drafted

HARRISBURG — As bats in Pennsylvania continue to recover from the deadly disease white-nose syndrome and other threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are working together to conserve federally ...

At the parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. LITTLE PINE — On ...

Blackberry season is near

UNIVERSITY PARK — As a kid, one of summer’s highlights was blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) season. It was a big deal! We went to the “mountains” and frequented those thorny patches. The buckets of berries and the expectation of pies, dumplings, and preserves, not to mention the ...

PSU Extension educator offers advice on insecticide use for lanternflies

UNIVERSITY PARK — As summer progresses — and spotted lanternflies make themselves at home just about anywhere, including on residential properties — frustrated homeowners might find themselves wrestling with the idea of using insecticides to vanquish the insect interlopers. Before doing ...

At the parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. LITTLE PINE STATE ...

At the parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. LITTLE PINE STATE ...

UN: Less land in Colombia devoted to growing coca in 2019

BOGOTA, Colombia — The amount of land devoted to growing the plant used to make cocaine dropped in Colombia last year as the military embarked on a campaign to pull out thousands of the coca shrubs that have stood as a stubborn thorn in the nation’s history. That’s according to a new ...

In time of crises, lands bill gives Senate a chance to unite

WASHINGTON — At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors. While the country copes with the coronavirus, an economic downturn and a reckoning over racism, lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an ...

Climate change will impact birds, too

The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high, trees were growing at the South Pole. A shocking line, but is it true A recent National Geographic article reports on these facts and more. And what does it all mean? Well, unless something is done to reverse the course of greenhouse gas ...

Larger streams are critical for wild brook trout conservation

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Latin name for brook trout - Salvelinus fontinalis - means speckled fish of the fountains, but a new study by Penn State researchers suggests, for the first time, that the larger streams and rivers those fountains, or headwaters, flow into may be just as important to the ...

Creating a haven for monarch butterflies

It doesn’t take much to satisfy the wants and needs of butterflies. They need warmth, food, and a place to lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies especially like the nectar produced by butterfly bushes (Buddleia), purple coneflowers (Echinacea), Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium), phlox (especially ...