Landowners can help wildlife by planting trees and shrubs.
While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.
The 2017 seedling order form is available online, and sales are set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 a.m.
Most seedlings are sold in units of 25, but 100-seedling bundles also are available in mixes to benefit deer and birds, as well as to improve riparian and winter-thermal habitats.
The 2017 order form contains a wide selection of evergreens, shrubs and fruit- and nut-bearing trees, most of which are native to Pennsylvania and collected from Pennsylvania sources.
Streaming video from Hanover, Pa. nest available again at Game Commission’s website.
Let the eagle watching begin.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam is back online.
The Game Commission today launched the latest rendition of its Eagle Cam, which enables viewers worldwide round-the-clock access to live video and audio captured at a bald-eagle nest in Hanover, Pa. and streamed in real time via the internet.
The Eagle Cam is provided through a partnership among the Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park.
The Eagle Cam features two cameras, each equipped with a microphone, running round the clock to capture footage from 75 feet high in a tree adjacent to Codorus State Park. Eagles have nested at the tree for more than 10 years, and have successfully fledged young there many times.
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New Wilmington, PA
A Three Springs, Pa. man has been arrested, in a November incident where a Pennsylvania Game Commission patrol vehicle was struck as the officer tried to perform a vehicle stop for suspicion of poaching activity.
Wildlife Conservation Officers from the Game Commission’s Southcentral Region this morning arrested Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs.
Garlock has been identified as the driver of the pickup that drove at and struck the vehicle driven WCO Rick Macklem II on Nov. 11 in the area of Mathews Bridge Road in Springfield Township, Huntingdon County.
With license-fee increase stalled, agency faces $8M budget shortfall.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced plans to close two pheasant farms – the Western Game Farm in Crawford County and the Northcentral Game Farm in Lycoming County.
As a result of the closures, 14 employees were notified their positions are being eliminated, effective Jan. 27.
The decision to close the farms strictly is a financial one.
Revenue from the sale of hunting and furtaker licenses makes up the majority of the Game Commission’s budget. Legislation that would have provided a much-needed increase in license-fee revenue was not approved in the General Assembly’s 2016 session. The Game Commission now is preparing to enter a third decade without an increase in the cost of a hunting or furtaker license, and the agency faces an $8 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.
Sow and three cubs found in West Wyoming borough
The Northeast Region Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking information on a sow bear and three cubs that were found dead along the edge of a church parking lot on west Eighth Street in West Wyoming borough.
Wildlife conservation officers responded to a report of dead bears near St. Monica’s Church around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and discovered a nearly 300 pound female bear and three cubs within close proximity to one another. The bears showed no signs of bullet wounds or external trauma.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 8) – Following nearly a decade of poor recruitment due to disease affecting young-of-the-year, the smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers are showing signs of improvement, according to information released today by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
Surveys conducted from 2013-2016 reveal increasing numbers of adult smallmouth bass compared to severely reduced numbers collected from 2005-2012. Decreased prevalence of disease in young-of-the-year smallmouth bass, along with the implementation of mandatory catch-and-release regulations enacted in 2011, have resulted in better recruitment of young bass to the adult populations.
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