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Nature's Ways: The Blue Jay — Our Largest, Regular Bird Feeder Guest
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Nature's Ways: The Blue Jay — Our Largest, Regular Bird Feeder Guest
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Each fall when the acorns matured, one bird species would flock to the row of pin oaks in front of the high school where I taught. Their noisy calls, large size and bold colors made them easy to identify. Blue jays - sometimes a dozen or more — would come in at one time to feast on the tiny acorns [Read More]
Nature’s Ways ... The blue jay — our largest, regular birdfeeder guest Nature’s Ways ... The blue jay — our largest, regular birdfeeder guest
7 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Each fall when the acorns matured, one bird species would flock to the row of pin oaks in front of the high school where I taught. Their noisy calls, large size and bold colors made them easy to identify. Blue jays - sometimes a dozen or more — would come in at one time to feast on the [Read More]
Nature’s Ways: Yellow Birch Is Easy to Identify — Even in January
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Nature’s Ways: Yellow Birch Is Easy to Identify — Even in January
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Although birch trees have shed their leaves long ago, yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) still stands out as a unique tree in the winter forest. [Read More]
Nature's Ways: Northern Cardinal — The Christmas Bird
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Nature's Ways: Northern Cardinal — The Christmas Bird
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
If there is a Pennsylvania critter that represents Christmas, it must surely be the cardinal. Photographs or paintings of this colorful bird, often proudly perched on a snow-covered evergreen bough, grace many holiday greeting cards. The bright red plumage of the male against a white and green backg [Read More]
Nature's Ways: Shaggy Mane Mushrooms — a Tasty Autumn Treat
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Nature's Ways: Shaggy Mane Mushrooms — a Tasty Autumn Treat
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Cooler autumn temperatures bring on colored leaves, archery hunting, spawning trout and scaly, cream-colored shaggy manes. [Read More]
Acorns Dropping ... Follow the Food to Find the Deer Acorns Dropping ... Follow the Food to Find the Deer
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Archery deer season began Oct. 5, and lucky for us and the animals, another very important sound is afield. While not as dramatic as a grouse flush or the report of a rifle, it is a sound that I love to hear — if you appreciate nature, you should, too. [Read More]
Nature's Ways: Cabbage White Butterfly Is a Serious Agricultural Pest
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Nature's Ways: Cabbage White Butterfly Is a Serious Agricultural Pest
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Several rather nondescript white butterflies flutter around in circles as if playing with one another. Every few minutes one or more of them stop to sip nectar from a purple New York ironweed flower. Soon they fly over my garden, one butterfly landing briefly on a broccoli plant — then on to anoth [Read More]
Trout Fishing Opens on County Streams This Weekend Trout Fishing Opens on County Streams This Weekend
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Saturday, April 13, is the day anticipated by many trout anglers. It is the opening day of trout fishing in 49 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties — including Centre and all adjacent counties. [Read More]
Trout fishing opens on county streams this weekend Trout fishing opens on county streams this weekend
52 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Saturday, April 13, is the day anticipated by many trout anglers. It is the opening day of trout fishing in 49 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties — including Centre and all adjacent counties. [Read More]
How Things Have Changed: Archery Hunting Then and Now How Things Have Changed: Archery Hunting Then and Now
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Pennsylvania held its first archery deer season in 1951. Only 5,542 people purchased the necessary $2 archery license so they could hunt in the bucks-only season. Those 5,000-plus hunters reported killing 33 bucks, which amounted to far less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the total deer harvest that [Read More]
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