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2012-12-04 12:21:11

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are urging wildlife enthusiasts to join the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Audubon Society's 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which will take place Dec. 14 through Jan. 5. "Bird enthusiasts, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, will head out on an annual mission - often before dawn - to make a difference and to see nature...

2012-06-13 06:21:39

Cull of cormorants necessary to protect unique nesting area of two endangered species HARRISBURG, Pa., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that they, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services, have renewed a program to sustain and protect a historic nesting colony of great egrets and black-crowned night-herons - two state endangered species - on Wade Island, a three-acre isle near...

2011-10-25 13:32:00

Some nest and winter here, but are they part of our wildlife community? By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission PYMATUNING, Pa., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What in Sam Hill are sandhill cranes doing in Pennsylvania? They don't have much history here; their status was more of a just-passing-through or accidental visitor than anything else. Heck, they don't even have relatives in Pennsylvania. But their growing presence here...

2008-10-06 08:15:00

By Bob Frye Pennsylvania routinely attracts a lot of non-resident hunters, but some of the most spectacular ones to show up this fall will be a breed apart. They'll be an entire species apart, in fact. Over the next few weeks, golden eagles -- magnificent birds whose wings can span 87 inches -- will begin migrating through Pennsylvania. They'll start to show up in noticeable numbers in mid- to late October, with the peak of the migration coming in November. If you don't know a lot about...

2005-06-18 09:14:37

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The population of bald eagles has rebounded so dramatically in Pennsylvania that the species may soon be moved off the state's endangered list and accorded the less serious status of a threatened species. The state was down to three nesting pairs by 1980, all in Crawford County, but the nesting population currently numbers at least 92 pairs and their range extends to about one-third of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will consider the change...