Bald eagles have returned
Thirty years ago, the sight of a bald eagle got people excited. In Pennsylvania, for example, only three nesting pairs were known in 1982. In the lower 48 states, there were probably fewer than 500 nesting pairs. Today bald eagles are back. It’s no longer unusual to see a bald eagle. In fact, if you go to the right places, seeing eagles is almost a certainty.
‘Adventure days’ provide memories
When I was a child, my family would take Sunday drives. Dad called them “adventure days.” I was never informed prior to the excursion where we were going or why; I was simply a backseat passenger along for the ride and the sounds and smells open-window drives provided.
In search of a holy rail
A report of a rare bird captures the attention of birders within a few hours’ drive of the observation. So in late May, when a black rail was reported just north of Capon Bridge in Hampshire County, West Virginia, birders flocked to the site. Few saw it. Some heard it. Several even reported hearing the bird before they got out of the car.
Spring turkey kills down 10 percent in West Virginia
Hunters exited West Virginia’s lush forests with a known 8,332 turkeys in the annual spring hunt, and the Division of Natural Resources says it wasn’t surprised the kill fell 10 percent from last year’s harvest.
An important member of the hunting family
Many years ago, a member of my hunting family moved on to new grounds and joined the ranks of another party.
It’s been a tough turkey season so far
Turkey season is definitely an early-bird-gets-the-worm game, so to speak, as the mornings start well before daylight.
Boating can take a deadly toll
If you are a recreation boater, May marks the beginning of the most dangerous time of year.
‘Happy place’ nice escape from turkeys
There’s something about the cool mountain waters that quiets my soul.
Turkey nesting is on schedule
A recent discovery put me in a turkey state of mind.
Spring turkey hunt addiction
I have it bad this year. To be perfectly honest, I get it bad every year but I tend to forget how bad I had it until it rears its ugly head again.
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