Wildlife: Mammals have many means of reproductive success

A look at the strategies of large mammals, deer, black bears and more.

about 7 hours ago

Pinkerton Tunnel project and fundraising efforts underway

Larry Walsh on biking: The Pinkerton Tunnel rehabilitation project kicks into a higher gear.

1 day ago

 A gang of turkeys hangs out in February 2013 on Highview Road in Baldwin Township.

Wild turkeys perfectly at home in many Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods

No community here has had to cull its turkey populations. Unlike deer, these big birds in our backyard don’t bother us — or eat our shrubs.

2 days ago

 Mike Bertolino, left, and Art Grguric, members of Blackleggs Co-op Trout Nursery and Watershed Association, set up a cooker Thursday at Blackleggs Memorial Park in Young, Indiana County. The association is sponsoring a Wild Game Breakfast for anglers on Saturday, the first day of trout season. It has hosted the annual event for the past 30 years.

Trout season opening-day traditions fade

Many rural communities would capitalize on the annual influx of opening day anglers.

2 days ago

 Proper care of live baits keeps them active long enough to attract trout. Above, Ray Popp, live bait man­ager at Tackle Un­lim­ited, with a hand­ful of frisky crawl­ers.

Robust, active baits attract more trout

As local anglers prepare for Saturday’s statewide opening of trout season, those who rely on live bait need a process for keeping it alive.

1 week ago

Outdoors notebook: Devoting more days to taking kids fishing

Feeling life at the end of the fishing line is one of the best ways for kids to make a solid, positive connection to nature.

1 week ago

Wildlife: Native brook trout behave differently in spring

Unlike most wildlife, brook trout are not preoccupied with reproduction in the spring because they breed in the fall.

1 week ago

Larry Walsh on biking: Jim Holden's vision of oft-used trails becomes more of a reality

Among his many contributions to area trails, Holden formed the Allegheny Valley Trails Association along with fellow cyclist Dave Howes.

1 week ago

 In early spring, warmer stream sections attract more trout. Despite a morning chill, steam rises from the limestone waters of Spring Creek in Centre County.

In early spring, find more trout in warmer water

When water is cold in early spring, warmer stream sections attract more trout.

2 weeks ago

Outdoors notebook: Cranberry hunter appointed to commission

Jim Daley of Cranberry will represent several counties on the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

2 weeks ago

Wildlife: Anchor ice can threaten brook trout

During extremely cold winters, mountain streams can turn deadly for aquatic life including trout.

2 weeks ago

Illuminated tunnel on Great Allegheny Passage opens for season

Somerset County Trails Coordinator Brett Hollern opened the two-story metal doors at 11 a.m. and turned on the ceiling lights.

2 weeks ago

 A small memorial for the eagles and their lost eggs popped up along a fence along the bike trail in Hays earlier this week.

What happened to the eagle eggs this year?

Days after the bald eagles at Hays lost both of their eggs, it was confirmed another bald eagle pair in Harmar do not have a clutch of eggs.

2 weeks ago

 A small memorial has sprung up along a bike trail in Hays after eagle eggs failed to hatch.

Memorial springs up in Hays for eagle eggs that didn’t hatch

Experts are not sure what the Hays eagles will do, now that they have no eggs to look after.

2 weeks ago

  Nice brook trout.

Good advice on trout fishing is available if you know how to find it

With trout season just weeks away, getting the right recommendations can make all the difference

3 weeks ago

 Canada geese

Scott Shalaway: Identifying spring swans, geese and other waterfowl

The differences among Canada geese, snow geese, tundra swans, mute swans, pied-billed grebe, common loon and double-crested cormorant.

3 weeks ago

 Jonny Lyons, 4, of Monaca caught this 4-pound channel cat around 4 p.m. on 4-pound test line at Lake Arthur.

Outdoors notebook: Increase proposed on hunting license fee

New revenues from Marcellus Shale leasing rights have never been considered a “permanent fix” to the Game Commission’s bottom line.

3 weeks ago

 Bruce Goodman and Matthew Burns, both 7, spread mulch on a trail at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale as part of a service project for their Cub Scout Pack 225.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens Wednesday for year-round enjoyment

The 460-acre garden in Oakdale opens April 1 with lots of outdoor family activities on the schedule.

3 weeks ago

Activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Busy schedule of outdoor activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

3 weeks ago

 One of the best products in the ongoing battle of deer versus plant life, Messina Wildlife’s Plotsaver repels by scent.

Strategies to overcome hungry deer and other critters

It's almost garden time, which means you'll be battling insects, diseases and animals. Here are some ways to fight back.

3 weeks ago

 “For the good of the community, we must try to reset the dialogue,” said John Bendel, president of the Mt. Lebanon board of commissioners.

Commissioners lament ‘divisiveness’ of Mt. Lebanon deer culling debate

Opponents of the program again lined Washington Road before the commission’s discussion session and subsequent meeting.

3 weeks ago

 Last year, Lily Jester, now 6, of Moon used her pink Barbie fishing pole to land her first two trout at Montour Run with a little help from her dad, Jason Jester.

Children and their adult fishing mentors get an early start on trout

There are a lot of good reasons to take a kid fishing. To spark a lifelong connection with the natural world, build confidence, have fun …

4 weeks ago

Scott Shalaway's Wildlife: Identifying spring ducks

Early spring is a great time to work on identifying the common ducks found on local waterways.

4 weeks ago

 Muskie mentors Luke Wholey, left and Nick Colangelo, right put James Swearingen of McKees Rocks on the right piece of ice, where he landed his first muskellunge — a 40-inch 20-pounder — at Lake Arthur, Butler County. It happened on his birthday, March 18.

Outdoors notebook: Park manager heads north to Erie

Point State Park manager Matt Greene will start a new job this week for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

4 weeks ago

 A deer grazes among the headstones at Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

Vanished predators and tasty yards: How humans made a 'deer nirvana'

Experts say even predators aren’t a solution to deer problem.

4 weeks ago

 Mt. Lebanon will pay Wildlife Specialists $3,000 -- $500 for each of the six deer killed.

Deer cull program halted in Mt. Lebanon

Wildlife Specialilsts Inc. of Tioga County had been hired to kill up to 150 deer by March 31.

4 weeks ago

 “There’s no way at this point we could take enough to make a difference,” said Merlin Benner of Wildlife Specialists.

Milder weather working against deer cull effort in Mt. Lebanon

With just six deer killed since the first shots were fired in the Mt. Lebanon deer cull, the program will not reach the commissioners’ goal.

1 month ago


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