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Outdoors

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 ...

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 ...