What is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?

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You are walking on a wooded path in Pennsylvania. No, you have not stumbled upon a WWI re-enactment, but a startled Ruffed Grouse , the state bird of Pennsylvania. Though Pennsylvania is in the southern part of their range, grouse can digest twigs and buds , allowing them to survive winters in the northern United States and throughout Canada. They live in deciduous forests where they are found in Pennsylvania, and prefer early-successional forests.

Camera Trap Chronicles: The Pennsylvania Wilds

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Trail cameras set in north-central Pennsylvania capture images of wood rats, fishers, bears and more. Latest Science Camera Traps Deer TNC Science Wildlife


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Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

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All of these titles deal with birding in specific North American geographic areas: The Atlantic coast, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Pennsylvania by George L. Pennsylvania is a wonderful state in which to bird, its geography spanning from the coastal plain of the Philadelphia area through the Appalachian mountain range to the western Allegheny Plateau. Pennsylvania is one of the most heavily birded states in the U.S.,

Pennsylvania’s Sick Pastime Continues

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in all of its infinite wisdom, has shot down a bill to ban “pigeon shoots” which consist of live pigeons being released from cages directly in front of men with shotguns. Sickos and poor shots, rejoice! As the only state in the nation that allows such a cruel and unsporting practice you would be forgiven for thinking that banning it would be a no-brainer.

NASA Cameras Capture Awesome Video of Pennsylvania Meteor Crash

Sustainability Ninja

Even at that size, the intense heat of entry into our atmosphere would have broken this meteor into several bite-sized meteorites that would have fallen just east of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. Bill Cooke from the Meteoroid Environments Office, says the meteor was seen over Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. & Industry meteor meteor sighting NASA pennsylvania meteor crash

Pennsylvania Couple Survives In-Home Bear Attack

Wend Magazine

When Rich Moyer of Oliver, Pennsylvania let his dog out into the yard before sunrise last week, he certainly had no idea what would follow the dog back inside. “[The dog] came in, right through the house,” Moyer said. “Right on her tail was the bear.” ” Authorities speculate that the female black bear had cubs and the dog posed a threat to them. A struggle ensued when Moyer tried to wrestle the bear away from his dog, a husky-pit mix.

Choosing Your Electricity Supplier through Electric Choice in Pennsylvania

Living Green & Saving Energy

Public utility commissions in the District of Columbia and seventeen states in the US, including Pennsylvania, have embraced electrical choice retail programs which allow consumers to buy electricity from competitive retail suppliers. When these programs were implemented, it was thought that most, if not all customers would transition to alternate suppliers, resulting in lower electric […]. Green News electricity provider choice saving energy

Wild Animal Entertainment Ban Proposed in Pennsylvania


The circus may no longer be coming to town in the Keystone State if one Pennsylvania lawmaker has his way. Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach, a Democrat from Montgomery Country, Read More The post Wild Animal Entertainment Ban Proposed in Pennsylvania appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals News Top News

Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania: A Review by an Atlas Novice

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So, when Corey and Mike asked if I wanted to review the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania , I jumped at the chance to write about this unique type of scientific reference book. I was also curious, as a birder of the northeast United States, to see what kind of avian changes have been going on in Pennsylvania. pounds in the hand, relates how the project was conceptualized and carried out, and exactly what was learned about the 190 breeding birds of Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy Fails Working Families in Southwest Pennsylvania

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FirstEnergy''s mishandling of its recent and sudden announcement to retire the Mitchell and Hatfield’s Ferry coal-fired power plants in Southwestern Pennsylvania was a worst-case scenario for how to handle a coal plant transition. So far, FirstEnergy and Pennsylvania leaders have failed in their responsibility to working families.

Pennsylvania to End Use of Gas Chambers in Animal Shelters


Corbett will sign legislation making Pennsylvania the 20th state to end the inhumane act of gas chambers for animals. Read More The post Pennsylvania to End Use of Gas Chambers in Animal Shelters appeared first on Ecorazzi. On October 29th, Gov. Animals Causes News Top News

Protest and Privilege on Pennsylvania Ave.

Elephant Journal

“We’re here because we’re Jewish,” I answer. Our great-grandparents were persecuted immigrants. We know what it means to be refugees.”. Enlightened Society Equal Rights conscious protest jewish politics refugees

A Big Win for Clean Air in Pennsylvania - and Nationwide!

Sierra Club Compass

This new agreement comes after a year of litigation from the Sierra Club and Earthjustice and sets a national precedent in the fight to secure the health and safety of families in coal-dependent Pennsylvania and beyond: These new conditions of the Homer City permit makes it among the first in the nation to set hourly limits on sulfur dioxide emissions. Coal pollution contains all sorts of nasty, dangerous things, but one of the worst pollutants is sulfur dioxide.

Early Exit for Coal Plant in Pennsylvania

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Earlier this month, NRG Energy settled a lawsuit that will end coal use six months early at the Portland Generating Station in Portland, Pennsylvania. "Our fight is not over yet," said Tom Schuster, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania campaign representative. "We It's never too early to shut down coal. The company also announced plans to shutter its Titus Station coal-fired plant outside Philadelphia one-and-a-half years early.

Dog Prompts Pennsylvania Law After Surviving Gas Chamber


Daniel the beagle was put into a gas chamber in an Alabama shelter to be euthanized. However, when the door opened, Daniel was still alive. Read More. Animals Causes News Top News

Pennsylvania High School Students Throw “Anti-Gay” Day and Write “Lynch List”.

Elephant Journal

Last week a group of high school students from Pennsylvania''s McGuffey High School took markers to lockers of their fellow LGBT classmates writing Bible verses in protest to the international "Day of Silence" meant to support their gay, bisexual and transgender peers.

You Should Go to the American Birding Expo!

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From 29 September through 1 October, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philly, will host the third annual American Birding Expo. Birding American Birding Expo festival Pennsylvania PhiladelphiaOptics companies, tour companies, birding festivals, publishers, and wide array of other exhibitors will be present. There will be workshops , field trips , and some amazing keynote presentations , including Julie Zickefoose and Scott Weidensaul.

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Pennsylvania's GOP Governor Lets Gas Industry have its Way with Public Parks


Situated amidst the bucolic forests and Appalachian peaks of southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohiopyle State Park offers one of the best settings for outdoor recreation in the country. One and half million people visit the park each year to hike, hunt and fish, kayak and contribute millions of dollars to the regional economy.

Extreme Raptors

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If you have never been to Hawk Mountain , Pennsylvania during fall migration I would strongly recommend a visit. Pennsylvania Young Birders Many thanks to Nikon , Cabela’s and Hawk Mountain for making this event so special. Trips Hawk Mountain hawks hawkwatch Pennsylvania raptorsWe have just returned from hosting this past weekend’s inaugural Extreme Raptor Weekend and Hawk Mountain was one of our chosen partner venues.

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Pittsburgh wins ‘environmental hotel of the year’

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Hotels News Pennsylvania Pittsburgh United States Fairmont Pittsburgh Green Travel News Reuters Fairmont Pittsburgh, that city''s only LEED Gold-certified hotel, is named by the Fairmont chain as worldwide winner of its top environmental award. Pittsburgh wins ‘environmental hotel of the year’ is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Cuckoo for Cuckoo, or, A Cooperative Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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So you can imagine my pleasure, then, when I spotted one skulking in some thick brush last week when I was exploring the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the first time last week. Birds cuckoos John Heinz NWR PennsylvaniaIt is not every day that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo decides to cooperate and sit out in the open for pictures. In fact, the vast majority of birding days go by without Coccyzus americanus making any kind of appearance at all.

Birding John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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The fine folks at the Fish and Wildlife Service are happy to tell the tale: The history of Tinicum Marsh, the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland Pennsylvania goes back to the first settlements in the region in 1634. Trips John Heinz NWR Pennsylvania PhiladelphiaJohn Heinz National Wildlife Refuge , AKA Tinicum, is an outstanding urban oasis in southern Philadelphia, less than one mile from Philadelphia’s airport.

Libre’s Law: Changing the World for Animals one State at a Time.

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For the first time in Pennsylvania, officers will be able to file felony charges on animal cruelty cases, thanks to new legislation that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. Animal Rights Enlightened Society Equal Rights Inspiring (Wow) WAYLON: Today Only abuse amimals animal abuse animal shelter animals awareness change compassion dog family felony gods happiness healing Health & Wellness horse libre Libre's Law life mindfulness Pennsylvania SPCA Susan Martin

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Birds of Chicken Inferno 2011

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For 13 years now, friends and family have been gathering in an undisclosed corner of Potter County, Pennsylvania during the third weekend of July to create a glorious giant chicken of wood, straw, and gunpowder only to burn it. Trips chicken inferno Pennsylvania Potter County

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The Extreme Raptor Weekend Round-Up

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Birding hawks Pennsylvania raptorsOn October 15-16th, 2011 Nikon Birding teamed up with Hawk Mountain and Cabela’s to host a blow-out weekend focusing on raptors. This weekend was meant to draw kids into the Hamburg, PA Cabela’s to experience birds in a up-close and personal kind of way. Those of you who have read my posts in the past know that I am very fond of getting young kids into birding.

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Pittsburgh wins ‘environmental hotel of the year’

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Hotels News Pennsylvania Pittsburgh United States Fairmont Pittsburgh Green Travel News Reuters Fairmont Pittsburgh, that city''s only LEED Gold-certified hotel, is named by the Fairmont chain as worldwide winner of its top environmental award. Pittsburgh wins ‘environmental hotel of the year’ is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Antler Tips: Finding “Sheds” in a Forest Near You

Nature Conservancy - Science

For advice, I turned to Mike Eckley , conservation forester for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania. Deer Management deer management mammals natural history Pennsylvania A moose shed would be a top find for many shed enthusiasts. Photo: © Bruce Kidman/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. Yesterday’s blog explored the enthusiasm some of us have for finding shed antlers – and how that enthusiasm can turn into an obsession that threatens wintering mule deer and elk.

Fading Forests: The High Cost of Invasive Pests

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Sarah Johnson, a conservation GIS analyst for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania , tells a story familiar to anyone who deals with non-native forest pests. Staff at the Woodbourne Forest Preserve in northeastern Pennsylvania knew it was coming: emerald ash borer , an incredibly destructive and invasive beetle. Forests Invasive Species don''t move firewood Eastern US forest conservation forest pests Invasive species Pennsylvania

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

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Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania. A similar push back may be occurring in Pennsylvania. Effect of white-tailed deer on songbirds within managed forests in Pennsylvania. Deer facilitate invasive plant success in Pennsylvania forest understory. A beautiful animal that also happens to arguably be the greatest threat to forests in the eastern United States. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC.

Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

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It’s my home water, quite literally – my family still owns land in central Pennsylvania bordering it. Conservation Essay Fish Alaska conservation essay ecological history fisheries fishing Pennsylvania restoration salmon shad North America’s waters once contained mind-boggling numbers of migratory fish. And then… Photo: Ami Vitale. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. Learning a river is a lifetime task , as anyone who has ever held a fly rod understands all too well.

Don't Frack Our "Promised Land" - Compass

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Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, this must-see is set in a rural Pennsylvania farming community and shows what happens when the natural gas industry and activists clash over fracking leases. Compass. « What the Passage of the Wind Production Tax Credit Means for 2013 and Beyond | Main. Back on the Rails: Transit Benefits and the Fiscal Cliff » Dont Frack Our "Promised Land".

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New Report: Look Before the LNG Leap - Compass

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The natural gas fracking boom is causing major environmental challenges across the country – including poisoned water in Pennsylvania, polluted air in Wyoming, earthquakes in Ohio, and profound changes to forests and farming landscapes all across the country.  Compass. « COP18: We Must Reform Fracking to Limit Environmental Impact | Main. | New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal Boondoggle » New Report: Look Before the LNG Leap.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, September 11

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Exxon has been charged with illegally dumping 50,000 gallons of wastewater in Pennsylvania. Animals Climate Change Climate Science & Research Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science Global Warming Green Living International Science The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy Uncategorized arsenic in rice BBC News Bloomberg exxon FDA fracking Grist Guardian illegal deforestation illegal dumping Indonesia MNN ocean acidification Pennsylvania woolly mammoth

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2014 NatureNet Fellowships: A Call for Conservation Scientists

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The program is run in partnership with the following universities: Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. Science Columbia Conservation Biology conservation scientist ecology nature science NatureNet new conservation science postdoctoral science fellowship Princeton science fellows science fellowship science research Stanford University of Pennsylvania Yale University Conservation scientist Judy Haner taking GPS data in Mobile Bay, Alabama.

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My Penn’s Woods, Ever Changing

Nature Conservancy - Science

When the author steps into a Pennsylvania forest, it’s like he never left. But the forest is changing, fast. From the Field Forests

Tripti: A Musical Masala that Came from Big Dreams.

Elephant Journal

My intro to the music of Mike ‘Slo-Mo’ Brenner came a few years ago while listening to my favorite radio station, the University of Pennsylvania based WXPN 88.5 Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Yoga Chai Debashish Bhattacharya India Jerry Douglas Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner Paul Winter Consort The Low Road University of Pennsylvania WXPN

First All-African American Team Climbs Denali

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Ryan Mitchell : As a kid, I grew up in the country – Westown, Pennsylvania – next to a big farm and spent a lot of time outside. I then started bike racing at Penn State University and loved riding in the hills around central Pennsylvania. In June 2013, for the first time ever, an all-African American team of mountaineers set off to climb Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) in Alaska , the highest peak in North America.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2021)

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Corey enjoyed a long weekend in Narrowsburg, New York, along the Delaware River at the New York-Pennsylvania border.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2020)

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Another month, another movement of the world’s birds from one point to the next.

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WATCH: Bob Barker Chastises Live Pigeon Shoots in TV Ad


Bob Barker films TV commercial speaking out against Pennsylvania''s live pigeon shoots. Read More The post WATCH: Bob Barker Chastises Live Pigeon Shoots in TV Ad appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News bob barker

"RFF on the issues: Fracking contamination concerns"

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RFF Staff: An RFF survey of public opinion in Pennsylvania and Texas about shale gas development risks revealed that 41 and 31 percent of respondents, respectively, are “extremely concerned or very concerned” about risks to groundwater and surface water sources.

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Governor Corbett's Memorial Day gift to the fracking industry

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Yet Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has just issued an executive order that paves the way to expanding fracking in those same state forests and parks. Pennsylvania's forested landscapes provide critical habitat for wildlife and offer important recreational opportunities for millions of people yearly. They are an economic driver for the state of Pennsylvania.

A simple proof that anyone doing math is a terrorist

Environmental Economics

A new extreme in our growing aversion to math : Guido Menzio , an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, was pulled off of an American Airlines regional jet from Philadelphia to Syracuse because he was doing math. I'm guessing the logic goes something like this:  Numbers are Arabic. Many Arabs are Muslim. A few Muslims are terrorists.    Therefore anyone doing math on a plane is writing in secret code and looking to blow the plane out the sky.

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