5 Ways Youth Can Connect Food Choices to a Healthier Planet

(Family Features) Although many young people care deeply about global issues like food and the environment, they don’t necessarily see these matters as connected. By...

5 Tips to Reduce Your Pet’s Environmental Pawprint

(Family Features) There’s plenty of advice on ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but you might be left wondering about the environmental pawprint made by...

Prepare early for power outages, other storm impacts

(Family Features) Surging spring temperatures can bring volatility that translates into major weather events. The 2020 storm season could see above-average probability for major hurricanes...

Light discipline key to nighttime predator hunting

There’s an old riddle out there that says “the more there is of me the less you see. What am I?” The answer is darkness....

Follow these eight steps to catch more fish

There’s no secret formula for catching fish, nothing that guarantees a finny foe on the end of the line every outing, let alone every cast....

Ospreys, America’s fish hawk, an iconic raptor species

There are a lot of anglers who wish they could be this successful. Imagine going to your favorite lake. Fifteen minutes or less after making...

Remember the 10 essentials when day hiking

It’s the difference between going on a week-long vacation and going on an afternoon picnic at the local park. You put a lot of time...

Race for the First Tomato

The race for the first tomato of the season begins now. For many of us obsessed with picking them as soon as possible, this is...

Mallards continue to impact waterfowl seasons

Pennsylvania waterfowl hunters have had it pretty good for a long, long time, at least in one sense. Whether that continues remains to be seen....

How coronavirus is impacting outdoor activities, and how to combat it

The outdoors arena isn’t being spared in this world gone crazy. The coronavirus pandemic that has people all over the world suddenly working from home,...

Using jerkbaits to catch cold water saugeyes, other game fish

They’re a toothy, often aggressive and sometimes large exception to the rule. Saugeyes are a cross between a female walleye and a male sauger. Generally,...

Virus prompts changes to PA trout stocking, trout season

Opening day of Pennsylvania’s 2020 trout season is going to be unlike any other. There will be trout aplenty at the start. More than any...

Gardens offer sanctuary amid fears and uncertainty

The garden has always been my safe place. For more than three decades of good times and bad, it’s a space to reflect and gain...

Water trail maps provide tons of useful information

I couldn’t see the river from where I parked earlier in the day, and I couldn’t see the parking lot from where I was on...

Trout stocking season is here once again

The numbers vary from state to state. The high levels of enthusiasm they generate among at least some anglers do not. Spring is fast approaching...

Advice on successfully pet camping

The legend of the Lone Ranger is the stuff of “those thrilling days of yesteryear.” So, too, is the notion of camping without your pet....

Ordering Seeds is Fun

The ebbs and flows of gardening parallel the fashion world. One year plant breeders turn everything lime green, and the next it’s deep red. Seed...

Bobcats: Beautiful species that’s made a big comeback

The clock is ticking for bobcats all across North America. Not in the sense that they’re in trouble. Far from it. Bobcats were scarce in...

Troubling trends in outdoor recreation participation

Maybe you’ve seen it in the news lately. America is facing a potential French fry shortage because of a poor potato crop. Couch potatoes remain...

Growing roses organically

Michael Marriott is an organic gardener and says roses can easily be grown that way. The technical manager and senior rosarian has been growing roses...

Restoring bobwhite quail proving difficult, but hope remains

Progress is being made, and a recent change in policy offers hope for more. But this is going to take more time that perhaps thought....

Think tree seedlings for wildlife now

“It’s getting late early,” that’s what Yankees great Yogi Berra once said. The Hall of Fame catcher was talking baseball, not wildlife. But if you’re...

Attracting birds to the garden

As the sun peers over the horizon a wren is happily singing away, already on the hunt for a mate, the days are getting longer....

First Day Hikes a great way to start the year outdoors

Chances are, about one year ago, you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or exercise more. Or both. So how’s that working out?...

Five reasons winter hiking is healthy and fun

The conversation was the same one we have every Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And New Year’s. I looked at my brother across the table. “So,” I...

West Nile Virus not impacting turkeys like other birds

The seeking of answers through science is often a process of eliminating variables. Consider this one checked off. Unlike with ruffed grouse and many species...

Five fun winter outdoor activities for children

It’s almost inevitable. Chances are this Christmas season that someone – maybe even you – will give your children or grandchildren an electronic gift of...

How long do leftovers last? And other turkey questions, answered

There are a lot of questions the Thanksgiving hosts have to ask themselves. Cranberry sauce — fresh or canned? A side of carrots or corn?...

Hibernation an amazing wildlife survival strategy

I never even got to say goodbye. My wife and I were hiking on a recent Sunday afternoon, following a trail through a state forest...

Sunday hunting bill clears last big hurdle

There was a moment of doubt, for sure. But it looks as if expanded Sunday hunting is coming to Pennsylvania in 2020. On Oct. 31,...