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of mayapples, jack-in-the-pulpits, and smooth yellow violets, and they were also blooming in Redbud Valley. The small flowering dogwood trees had opened their showy, white bracts that surround their small clusters of greenish-yellow flowers and presented a pleasing contrast to the lavender redbud blossoms. Unfortunately, much of the understory was a tangle of the invasive multiflora rose and Japanese barberry, although the songbirds didn’t seem to mind them. I was especially intrigued by a vine I had never seen before that twined up most of the trees. Dave Scamardella, the forester for the Buchanan Forest District, told me that he hoped to eventually remove all the invasives including the vine, which he identified as creeping euonymus (Euonymus fortunei) or wintercreeper. A native of China, this evergreen vine is “cultivated and occasionally naturalized in floodplain forests,” according to Rhoads and Block. Scarmardella relies on volunteers to help with invasive-removal, but because of the remote location of the Kerper Tract, such volunteers are hard to find. He also told us that Kerper’s will specified that there would not be timbering on the tract except in an emergency. Back in 1971, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forests had declared an emergency and done some thinning, but we were still impressed by the size of many of the trees, both in the bottomland forest and Dickey’s Mountain, the latter of which we climbed after eating our picnic lunch at a table beside the creek. First, though, we crossed the creek on a recently built, handicap accessible bridge and visited the one remaining building on the site, the picturesque stone springhouse. There we found still another wildflower that I love but that we don’t have on our property — a large bed of blooming, bright yellow, marsh-marigolds beside the water trickling from beneath the springhouse, which, as the naturalist John Burroughs once wrote about the flowers, give “a golden lining to many a dark, marshy place in the leafless April woods, or [mark] a little watercourse through a greening meadow with a broad line of new gold.” Surprisingly, the marsh-marigold or cowslip is a native of North America, Europe and Asia, and has more intriguing alternate names than any plant I know of — king cups, water blobs, may blobs, molly blobs, horse blobs, bull’s eyes, leopard’s foot (because of its deeply notched, rounded leaves, I imagine), great bitterflower referring to the acrid bitterness of its leaves, water gowan, meadow gowan, Marybuds, verrucaria, solsequia, water dragon, capers (because in Virginia and other places people used to pickle the buds as a substitute for capers), cowlily, soldier buttons, palsywort, water-goggles, meadowbouts, crazy bet, gools, drunkards, water crowfoot, and meadow buttercups, writes Jack Sanders in his delightful Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles. Furthermore, he explains that blob means “bubble,” gowan was Old Norse for “gold,” verrrucaria is a Latin word meaning “cure for warts,” and solsequia is another Latin word meaning “sun-follower,” because marsh-marigolds open in the morning and close at night. Drunkards stems from a Devonshire children’s belief that because the flowers drink so much GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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