Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 7

A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
By Cindy Ross & Sierra Gladfelter

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OUR YEARS AGO my daughter, Sierra  Gladfelter, brought her Schuylkill County  Student Conservation Club on an educational  field  trip  to  Pennsylvania‘s  elk  range.  They  went to assist elk biologist Jon DeBerti with  collaring  newborn  calves  for  his  ongoing  research, as Jon would often embrace groups and  individuals who wanted to assist in this exciting  wildlife encounter. I was invited along as an  advisor and driver.  Jon recently passed away  after a long fight with cancer, and this story  is a tribute to his far-reaching and wonderful  contribution as an elk biologist and friend. 

In June 2008 we waded through an ocean of hay-scented ferns in a parallel line, combing the wet meadow. Highstepping over stumps, blackberry brambles snagged at our sopping wet jeans. Glancing down the line of evenly spaced people, we caught one another’s eye. Where is it? This club of high school students from Schuylkill County spent two years raising money for a longawaited field trip to hunt newborn calves in the elk range, and now that they were finally there, the students couldn’t be happier. Suddenly someone lunged and dropped to the ground, motioning us Schuylkill County Conservation Club on a field trip four over. We trotted to their years ago to Pennsylvania’s elk range with PGC biologist side, craning our necks JON DEBERTI.
SEPTEMBER  2012 

around one another to see the elk calf bedded down in the soft green furls. Its brown fur was strewn with creamy spots, like dancing chips of sunlight. Eyes white and glassy as marbles bulged out of their sockets, and the calf’s nostrils flared in and out. All else was still as it remained curled like a fetus, giving up to certain doom. “It’s using hider strategy,” Jon DeBerti, explained. “This calf is only a couple of days old. If it was any more than five days old it would be running.” Jon welcomed the club’s help in collecting data for his research. My daughter Sierra’s best friend, Bri Rudnsky, volunteered to tag the calf’s

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
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 - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover4
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