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The Naturalist’s Eye
By Marcia Bonta

We need to remember that ultimately our wealth  is in the natural world. From it we extract the  raw materials we need to live, including, most  precious of all, our water.

Connecting Wild Lands
N THE MIDST of the worst heat wave last July, we were asked to host John Davis, who wanted to camp out on our property. Son of Mary Byrd Davis, author of Old  Growth  in  the  East:  A  Survey and editor of Eastern Old-Growth Forests: Prospects for Rediscovery and Recovery, Davis is as committed to saving wild lands as his mother was. Knowing she was dying of cancer, Mary bade her son a final farewell in February 2011, excited about his mission to walk, cycle and paddle a potential Eastern Wildway from Key Largo in Florida to the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec Province. Under the auspices of the eastern field office of the Wildlands Network, whose motto is “Reconnecting Nature in North America,” Davis was “promoting the need for connectivity in conservation planning,” according to the Wildlands Network website. He ended his adventure in November at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula, having “slogged through swamps, paddled rivers, weathered thunderstorms and tornadoes, and scaled mountains.” Altogether he explored wild lands in 13 states by visiting national parks, forests, refuges and
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conservation-friendly private lands. We fit into the latter category. Frankly, we knew nothing of his quest until we received an email from Conrad Reining, the Eastern Director of the Wildlands Network, several days before Davis expected to arrive on our property. We were pleased at the opportunity to meet and talk with Davis and offered him a room in our guesthouse. But no, he wanted to pitch his solo tent in our woods. At that point, he was 4,800 miles into what would ultimately be a 7,500-mile trip, having already visited an amazing and inspiring number of wild places in the eastern United States. But this wasn’t a macho exercise in athletic prowess. Davis wanted to communicate with a broad number of people interested in conservation. To this end, he used Facebook, Twitter, and wrote an excellent blog about his experiences along the way. He also met with as many people as possible, “tagging along with local people to learn more about their areas.” He was, we quickly decided, a fast learner because he listened so well. A wiry, deeply tanned man in his mid-40s, Davis had pedaled up to central Pennsylvania from western Maryland that
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
Confidence
The Smiley Face Case
Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
The Final Hunt
The Farmer’s Friend
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 - July 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Confidence
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Smiley Face Case
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Final Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Farmer’s Friend
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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