GAME COMMISSION TO PROVIDE WILDLIFE WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS
Hunting- With summer recess for schools just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is announcing a series of upcoming Project WILD workshops for educators and Scout and youth group leaders this summer in the Harrisburg area. The series, titled "WILD About Endangered Species," is being sponsored by the Game Commission and the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, and will be held at the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary off Industrial Road, Harrisburg, just north of Harrisburg Area Community College.
Theresa Alberici, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Education specialist, and Jane Webster, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, facilitate the workshops and introduce educators to a variety of hands-on educational activities designed for youth. All workshops are approved for Act 48 hours for educators.
On Wednesday, June 8, "WILD About the Great Egret" will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The great egret is a large white wadding bird that nests in colonies called rookeries. A short distance from the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, Wade Island is near the Interstate-81 bridge over the Susquehanna River, and is one of two known nesting sites of this majestic white bird in our state. It also is the largest nesting site with almost 100 nesting pairs inhabiting this small island. During the workshop, participants will canoe down the Susquehanna River to get a closer view of the birds and their nests. Participants also will receive background information and activities for use with their students. In case of rain or high water, this event will be moved to Wednesday, June 15.
Registration ends June 3, and the cost is $10 per person. The fee includes educational materials and the use of canoes, paddles and life jackets.
On Wednesday, July 6, "WILD About Endangered and Threatened Species" will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This hands-on session will address the Environmental and Ecology Standard for threatened, endangered and extinct species through indoor and outdoor activities. The workshop will explore the concepts and issues surrounding such species, investigate "how" and "why" species become endangered or threatened, examine laws affecting these species and explore methods biologists are using to bring these species to recovery from reintroduction programs conducted by the Game Commission and other conservation partners. Participants will use a variety of materials and resources and receive threatened and endangered species background information and activity booklets and other resource materials to use with their students.
Registration ends July 1, and costs $20 per person. The fee includes educational materials and lunch.
Finally, on Thursday, July 7, "WILD About the American Lotus" will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. Wildwood Lake is home to the American Lotus, an endangered flower that blankets the lake with its beautiful blooms. Participants will embark on a canoeing adventure to explore the lake and these plants.
Registration ends July 1, and costs $10 per person. The fee includes educational materials and the use of canoes, paddles and life jackets.
Registration for these workshops is limited, so interested educators and teachers are encouraged to register as soon as possible. To register, contact Jane Webster at 717-221-0292. Checks should be made payable to: Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.
GAME COMMISSION SEEKS INFO ABOUT EAGLE SHOOTING
JERSEY SHORE, Lycoming County- Pennsylvania Game Commission Northcentral Regional Director Dennis Dusza today announced that the agency is seeking information about the person or persons responsible for killing an immature bald eagle. The eagle was found in Clearfield County near the Penn/Pike township line, just north of the Curwensville Dam in the vicinity of Kirk Street extension, Lumber City. Dusza noted that Wildlife Conservation Officers (WCOs) Dave Stewart and Chris Ivicic are investigating this incident and is asking the public for information about the person/persons responsible.
A concerned citizen reported finding the eagle to the Game Commission on Sunday, May 15. According to WCO Stewart, a necropsy determined that the eagle was killed with a shotgun between Tuesday, May 10, and Saturday, May 14, and died where it was shot. Based on initial investigation, the eagle was probably perched in a tree at the time of the incident.
An immature eagle, which lacks the characteristic white head feathers, is defined as being less than 4 years old. "This was a senseless act," WCO Stewart said. "To have someone shoot an eagle or any bird of prey is an absolute shame.
"I am asking the public for help, if anyone knows or hears anything about this illegal shooting, they can call the Northcentral Regional Office at 570-398-4744. I will be grateful for any and all assistance. Any information we do receive, will be held in strictest confidence."
Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited (PWHU) has offered a reward of $500 for information leading to the successful prosecution of the person/s responsible for the killing of the eagle. The Bennetts Valley Rod & Gun Club is offering a reward for an undetermined amount as well.
Nationally, bald eagles were first protected by the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940. In 1967, the bald eagle was declared an endangered species by the U.S. government, because its population had been decimated by the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. In 1995, after a decade of re-introduction projects, eagle populations rebounded and the species was moved to the Federal Threatened Species list. Today, more than 6,000 nesting pairs live in the continental United States.
While the state's bald eagle population has increased by more than 150 percent over the past five years, bald eagles remain on Pennsylvania's Endangered Species list. For more information, visit the Game Commission's website: www.pgc.state.pa.us, click on wildlife, choose endangered and threatened species, and select bald eagle.
source: PA Game Commision
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