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THE Eastern hemlock, our State Tree, is disappearing from the landscape because of the hemlock wooly adelgid, an aphid-like bug. Its egg sacs on the undersides of leaves look like small cottonballs.

several springs since I’ve seen one blooming in the woods. I like dogwood so much I bought one about 20 years ago and planted it next to our bedroom window — to enjoy when I wasn’t hunting. Dogwood anthracnose is a virulent fungal disease first reported in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut in 1983, and since then has spread to Massachusetts and West Virginia. This disease has caused dieback and mortality in two of our indigenous dogwoods — flowering dogwood in the East and mountain dogwood in the Pacific Northwest. This disease has become so pervasive I even lost the flowering dogwood tree I had planted. Because flowering dogwood is highly prized as an ornamental, scientists worked quickly to find the cause of the disease, and in 1991 discovered a fungal pathogen they named Discula destructive as the culprit. Because it was discovered near ports of entry on the East and West coasts, scientists think the fungus is an introduced pathogen, but the jury is still out on that. Scientists feel dogwood anthracnose may be spread by wind driven rain or by rain drops splashing on healthy leaves. They also feel weather patterns play an important role in influencing disease cycles because wet spring weather, especially if it occurs several years in a row, enhances the spread of the disease. In addition, the small, scarlet, single- or double-seeded fruit of the dogwood is attractive to birds, so they may be spreading dogwood anthracnose to other areas. The good news, however, is the dogwood may not totally disappear from our forests, because scientists have found
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Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

several areas where there is a decrease in the severity of anthracnose among native dogwood trees. This trend of decreasing disease severity is still a mystery, but some scientists think this may be due to environmental conditions being unfavorable for the disease, or that an unidentified change may have occurred in the pathogen itself. Even though dogwood mortality has been as much as 80 percent, scientists feel the future of dogwoods may be brighter than it is for other tree species, because there are still viable dogwood trees to be found, seemingly unaffected by the disease. Moving to another location, I glassed a newly planted cornfield, hoping to see a mature tom and his harem feeding there, but they were somewhere else that morning. Undaunted, I headed down to a small creek shaded by a grove of mature hemlocks. It would be cooler there, and I hoped the turkeys might find the area to their liking. Selecting a large hemlock tree, I unhooked my seat cushion, sat with my back against the trunk and got comfortable. Before long I began thinking about how important the hemlock tree was to Pennsylvania’s early settlers and, because of the concealment it offers, how much I depend on it during the fall archery seasons.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 12
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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