Category: Birds

Birds Are in Trouble. Here’s How You Can Help.

A recent State of the Birds report and Science article reveal that North America has lost nearly 3 billion breeding birds since 1970 – that’s a staggering 29 percent of all birds! The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups of birds and habitats….

Simple Strategies for September Geese

By Derek Stoner, Hunter Outreach Coordinator The heady scent of fresh-cut field corn competed with the odor of cow manure to keep my sense of smell occupied while awaiting the arrival of geese. Scouting efforts revealed that this small flock of Canadas should arrive…

Tried and True Tips for Dove Hunting Success

By Tyler Frantz            With one subtle flip of a calendar page, the 2019-2020 hunting seasons are born. The long awaited September migratory bird openers mark the official commencement of Pennsylvania’s fall hunting opportunities. As camo-clad hunters flock to farm fields in pursuit of…

When Hens are a Problem, Be the Hen

By Steve Sorensen Peak spring gobbler action arrives when gobblers get lonely. Be there and you’re halfway to success. But more often, gobblers are “henned-up.” They won’t gobble much, they’ll go only where the hens go, and they’ll frustrate turkey hunters from novices to…

Celebrate Spring Gobbler Season 2019!

By Bryan Burhans, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Game Commission Turkey calls should come with the following warning label: “Exposure to turkey hunting can result in loss of sleep, rapid heart rate, severe fatigue, dry mouth, and sore muscles. Highly addictive, please consult your physician prior…

Winter Duck Banding

Amidst the noisy backdrop of swirling Snow Geese, Pennsylvania Game Commission employees Lauren Ferreri (biological manager of Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Southeastern PA) and Dan Lynch (Wildlife Education Specialist) remove ducks from a trap on the edge of the lake at Middle…

Roasted Turkey with Mulberry Sauce

It’s Wild Game Wednesday! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so that means this week’s Wild Game Wednesday could feature only one thing: TURKEY! Keep this recipe in mind if you have extra wild turkey you’d like to use throughout the holiday. On Wild Game Wednesday, we take…

Hummingbird Visitors this Winter?

As colder weather arrives in Pennsylvania, energetic little visitors from the west may be arriving in our state. Several species of hummingbirds that normally spend the winter in the southern United States and Central America are now being recorded in the eastern United States,…

Join the Fun of Pheasant Hunting

The cackling of a rooster exploding from heavy cover. The ringing of a bell as the dog runs through a grassy field. The satisfying sound of a shotgun’s action closing. The scent of fall emanating from the uplands. These sensory experiences are all part…

Lessen the Odds of a Bird/Window Collision at Your Home

“Thud.” Your stomach sinks and heart races as you approach the window to see what beautiful bird hit it this time. It’s autumn and birds are on the move to warmer climates. Bird/window collisions are a common occurrence this time of year. Many times…