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The Naturalist’s Eye
By Marcia Bonta

The manor-green landscape that humans have created in modern-day suburbia is not conducive to the needs of wildlife.

Her Management is Beauty
T’S MID-AUGUST and I’m driving across the valley through walls of corn. Occasional fields are mowed clean for the second time. The only habitat left was along the roads, and the township mowers have cut that as well. I wonder what happened to the eastern meadowlarks I heard singing in the spring, or why the lovely species of wildflowers have been annihilated in favor of boring grass. I also pass the homes of folks who have an acre or 5 or 10 or 20, and all I see is grass. Some have a couple trees or cultivated shrubs flanking their front doors; sometimes a few domesticated flowers grow in their yards. But, for the most part, all is green, green grass. Occasionally, I spot a man or woman on a riding mower, keeping that grass golf-course short. How many pay for lawn care service, as they do in suburbs and towns, is hard to tell. Why this mania for mowed grass, even in the country, even along little-used country roads, this love affair with neat and green. Whatever the reason, the lawn culture is deeply embedded in the American psyche. All that wasted gas and oil is being used to keep nature at bay, as if nature is the enemy. Yet neighbors even in the coun52

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try complain if folks don’t keep their lawns cut. Decades ago, we stopped mowing most of our two acres of lawn, inherited from previous owners who liked the idea of having a country estate. Our nearest neighbors live in the valley and never saw our home, yet the word went out that we were letting our place run down. One of our nephews, who lives in suburban New Jersey, had a difficult time visiting because our uncut lawn bothered him. A sister-in-law from suburban Maryland mentioned snakes and rats. So far, what we have are mating balls of garter snakes in the early spring, after they emerge from the muck of two filled-in wells. They provided endless fascination for our young sons and now for our 5-year-old granddaughter, Elanor, who picked up her first garter snake last April and was upset when the snakes dispersed, and she could no longer see any around the wells. As far as rats are concerned, we haven’t seen a rat since we stopped feeding chickens and ducks, and certainly never in the tall grass that now include clumps of sedges and cattails in the wet places and wildflowers, shrubs and trees in the drier areas.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
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