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MARIA WHEELER discusses her eastern golden eagle display.

of the WRCF’s Keystone wild notes from Volume 1, Number 1, published in the summer of 1985, until the Fall/Winter issue of 2007. Since then this little publication, crammed full of information about the many funded projects, such as the otter reintroduction, fisher reintroduction, study of freshwater mussels, the breeding bird atlas, etc., has been published online. The latest edition features pieces about the energy challenges ahead and how they will affect Pennsylvania’s natural world. Today, the WRCF has been renamed the Wild Resource Conservation Program and is administered by the DCNR. It is financed not only by state income tax refunds, but also by Growing Greener grants and public contributions. Although the program continues the work of studying and conserving our rare species and habitats, there’s now “a special emphasis on helping our species and natural systems survive global climate change,” according to its website. “We are Pennsylvania’s biodiversity conservation program,” and it works closely with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to conserve Pennsylvania’s nongame animals, wild plants and their habitats. The needs are great, but the funding is dwindling even as Pennsylvania’s natural world faces more problems than it did when the WRCF was started. The weather had worsened and the festival’s afternoon bird field trip to Gull Point was cancelled. But over a thousand people, mostly families with children, visited the many exhibitors set up in the 65,000-square foot, state-of-the-art, green-designed Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC). In addition to permanent exhibitions that feature Presque Isle’s history, ecosystems, wildlife, plants and bird migrations, TREC has five classrooms and eight laboratories for research and educational programs. It also houses the Regional Science Consortium, a
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collaborative, non-profit organization that focuses on and coordinates research and educational projects for Lake Erie and the upper Ohio basin, such as migratory bird night flights, invasive plants and animals, and local bat populations. The Regional Science Consortium, along with Gannon University, Presque Isle State Park and TREC were partners with the WRCP in presenting the Wild Resource Festival. The exhibitors came from a range of state government, nongovernmental organizations and museums. We were struck particularly by the number of enthusiastic volunteers displaying examples of pressed specimens they had photocopied and mounted of some of the rare plants and invasives from the TREC Natural History Museum. “We are the invasive capitol of Pennsylvania,” one volunteer said. Another volunteer, Bob Harris, a retired engineer who looks much younger than his 78 years, took us back to the laboratory area to show us the social wasp display he had designed and constructed, as well as other examples of his work. He also gave us a tour of the Aquatics Lab. Clearly, he and the other volunteers we spoke with are proud of TREC and devote many hours to it. As usual, the most popular exhibitor was Chris Urban of the Fish and Boat Commission who had live rattlesnakes and turtles, including the endangered bog turtle, on display. The crowd was so tightly packed that I could barely get a glimpse of the creatures.
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011

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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Long Hollow Gobbler
Oh What a Summer
Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Become an HTE Instructor?
Ready for Reds
The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
Overcoming a Jinx
The 28th Class
The Last Day
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 - May 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Long Hollow Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Ready for Reds
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Overcoming a Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The 28th Class
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Last Day
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Crossings
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