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MIKE takes special interest in the eastern box turtles and timber rattlesnakes he finds. One notebook is devoted to the turtles. He photographs each turtle’s shell and plastron and files a notch on the edge of its shell. two healthy butternut trees and an enormous white oak that took three people — their arms outstretched — to reach around its trunk. Mike also showed us his American Woodcock Habitat Site, where he has to remove dozens of invasives to make it viable for woodcock. In 2002, the Jacksons joined the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship program and, working with their Service Forester, drew up a plan for their property that emphasized attracting wildlife. They have documented their work to improve their land under the stewardship program in a looseleaf notebook, complete with photos. More recently, they have added American mountain ash and witch hazel to the tree species on their property. As former teachers — Mike taught fifth grade in the Everett Elementary School and Laura taught advanced biology and environmental sciences in Bedford High School — they’ve been keeping lists of the plants and animals on their property. Of the 37 mammal species, a Russian wild boar was the most distressing and a bobcat the most exciting. They’ve also recorded 117 bird species, 29 shrubs, 13 vines, 14 coniferous trees, 78 deciduous trees, 8 snakes, 4 turtles, 8 frogs and toads, 4 salamanders and, so far, 92 insects, and 8 spider species. Mike takes special interest in the eastern box turtles and timber rattlesnakes he finds. One notebook is devoted to the OCTOBER 2008 turtles. He photographs each turtle’s shell and plastron and files a notch on the edge of its shell. That way, when he sees a box turtle, he can figure out whether it is new to him or a repeat. Just before we arrived, he recorded box turtle number 90 — an astounding number. Once he watched a female lay eggs on a path that they planned to dig up. He moved the eggs into a raised bed in their garden and fenced it. He and Laura kept a close watch on it and saw hatchlings emerge from it late in the summer. Mike, with the help of Laura, is also adept at handling rattlesnakes. Each year he captures every rattlesnake he sees and measures it. So far, the eight he has captured have been between 36 and 45 inches long. He also sexes and photographs them. When I asked him why he does this, he said, “Because I’m curious about them. Are any returning? How many do we have? How much do they grow every year?” And, once again, he keeps meticulous records on them. Did I mention that they have been wildlife rehab assistants for 10 years under a local veterinarian? In that time they rehabbed 54 orphaned opossums, 34 gray squirrels, 17 red-phase and 16 gray-phase eastern screech-owls, and 7 American kestrels, in addition to barred owls, a beaver kit that the PGC gave them to raise, and a baby flying squirrel. Laura particularly enjoyed raising owls, but she told a funny story about the flying squirrel. “We had it in a bird cage, never realizing that it could squeeze through the bars of the cage. We searched high and low for three days, but never found it. On the fourth day, I found it, snuggled in a laundry basket full of dirty clothes. Fortunately, 53

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008

Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Essence of Whitetails
Hunting for a Greater Good
What a Story to Tell
Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
The Sandhill Crane Incidents
Nevada Grouse
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Essence of Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Hunting for a Greater Good
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - What a Story to Tell
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Sandhill Crane Incidents
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Nevada Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
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