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Bird Survey trend for Ring-necked Pheasant

Many such changes were well documented by the second atlas project. The short story: change in bird distributions is the norm. Some form of change in range or population was found for most every species. And, the majority of species experienced an expansion of their range and population over the past 20 years. A dramatic example of that change is seen and described in the wild turkey. The Game Commission’s efforts to restore this once-depleted game bird to a prominent place in Pennsylvania’s woodlands was evident by the time of the first atlas project in the 1980s. And this success continued. During the past 20 years, the wild turkey expanded from the state’s central mountains to the state’s more developed corners, even into our biggest cities. The Second Atlas shows that Wild turkeys are now found statewide. The accompanying account provides more details on this interesting species. Included among the 190 nesting species are three that had never been documented to nest in Pennsylvania prior to the Second Atlas: the merlin, great black-backed gull and Eurasian collared-dove. All three species had been undergoing range expansions
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in recent years. Of these, the merlin (a small falcon native of northern climates) has been experiencing a broad, unaided expansion that has continued since the completion of this project. Increased gull populations in the Mid-Atlantic may be due to increased food resources there, but the single nest of the massive “great black-backed gull” came as a surprise to the project. The colonization of the non-native Eurasian collared-dove was probably directly aided by humans, through accidental and intentional releases of cage birds across the country since the 1970s. Each of these species was newly added to Pennsylvania’s list of breeding birds and represents a ‘new discovery’ by the Second Atlas. Similarly, a few rare birds reported during the first atlas were not relocated in this project. Snowy egret and cattle egret formerly nested in a large colony in an island of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, but have been gone since the mid-1980s, and were not located this time around. Each species has its own story, and our challenge is to find and interpret the common threads in these stories that lead to broader patterns. Like the wild turkey, many other species associated with the Big Woods of Pennsylvania have experienced population growth and expansion. Some
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Whitetail Predation
Contents
Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
75 Whitetails
2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
A Question of Proof
Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 75 Whitetails
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A Question of Proof
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 35
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover3
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