Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 64

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Seeking Balance

T’S an amazing experience, watching your world change as
you live your life. For many of us baby-boomers, we’ve hunted
and hiked through four or more decades filled with substantial
environmental reform, dramatic changes in wild Pennsylvania and mind-boggling changes in technology. But where has all this
change left us? Is Pennsylvania better or worse for it?
It isn’t easy to render an assessment without investing considerable thought.
And it gets complicated quickly if you place too much emphasis on personal
gratification or a timeless aversion to change. But it’s hard to argue that Pennsylvania really cleaned up its act in the last three decades of the twentieth century.
Over the past 25 years, though, our population has grown by about a million
people. More land has been consumed by development and industry. Yet forest
losses have been offset by gains from reverting agriculture fields. Many wildlife
species are making comebacks.
Whitetails, black bears and wild turkeys are providing unprecedented hunting opportunities. Bobcats are back and fishers have repopulated much of our
state. Eagles have become common, and peregrines and ospreys are distancing
themselves from relatively recent extirpations. A spotted skunk was uncovered
in-state recently; the first in two decades. Other species aren’t fairing as well,
though. Cave bats are in a devastating decline. Northern flying squirrels and
Allegheny woodrats aren’t doing well. Ditto for a good number of neotropical
songbirds, particularly grassland nesters.
The challenge wildlife species and all of us face as we plod on is to find a way
to balance change with our way of life. It’s about adapting. Give and take. And
sometimes, just surviving. There are always winners and losers. Life teaches all
creatures we can never stay in our comfort zone; time always calls or chases us
out. Few lives are excused. So the secret to hanging on is seeking balance, making
the best of what you have. If you can. All of us are not so fortunate.
Pennsylvania will continue to change. We expect it. That’s why tools like
our Wildlife Action Plan and the second breeding bird atlas are more important
than ever. They help us see change coming and balance management to aid the
casualties and recognize the latest winners. Protecting important habitats, supporting conservation biology and applying sustainable development will help,
but only if more of us recognize the value of biodiversity and support making
exceptions for nature.
Every Pennsylvanian can make a difference in helping to balance the slippery
slope on which many wildlife species find themselves. Contribute. Go greener.
Improve or protect habitat. Inform and stay informed. Positive steps almost always
offset imbalance. So get going. Wildlife’s counting on you!

Joe Kosack

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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