RECREATION



Wildlife: Early spring for Central Pennsylvania mourning doves

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Last week, while perusing Internet notes on Pennsylvania birding (http://birdingonthe.net), a subject line from Feb. 17 caught my eye.


Wildlife: Snow goose numbers rise, waterfowl hunters needed

2012-02-19 00:01:00

A whiteout is raging in Eastern Pennsylvania.


Wildlife: Odd walleye eyes right for night vision

2012-02-12 00:01:00

According to the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation, approximately 143,000 Pennsylvanians considere


Snow sports: At last, a snowy weekend

2012-02-11 00:00:00

This could be one of the best weekends of the season for downhill and cross-country skiers, snowboarders, snowtubers and snowshoers.


Love is in the air as avian courtship begins

Love is in the air as avian courtship begins

2012-02-05 00:00:00

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, people everywhere are preparing to ignite, rekindle or fan the flames of love.


GEToutKIDS: Boredom, boats and other family frolics

GEToutKIDS: Boredom, boats and other family frolics

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Elyse Eshelman, 16, Shaler Area High School


Wildlife: Stray elk causes a clamor in West Virginia

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Managing wildlife is a tricky business.


Bridge is back on Laurel Highlands trail

Bridge is back on Laurel Highlands trail

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Outdoor enthusiasts who traverse the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail are hiking, skiing and snowmobiling for joy.


GETout events calendar: Feb. 5, 2012

GETout events calendar: Feb. 5, 2012

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Saturdays: Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. Free, 1 p.m.


LOOKout ... 15 Billion

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Tons of coal


Where to go: Mt. Lebanon Ice Center

2012-02-05 00:00:00

When Mother Nature can't provide stable skating ice, try Mt. Lebanon Park.


GetIntoNature: Fifteen years of 'citizen science'

2012-02-05 00:00:00

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) marks its 15th anniversary Feb. 17-20.


Snowboarders, skiers ride it all at Seven Springs urban terrain park

Snowboarders, skiers ride it all at Seven Springs urban terrain park

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Snowboarder Mike Abriola was sitting at a simulated, open-sided bus shelter in Seven Springs newest terrain park when a skier hopped up on t


GETout events calendar: Jan. 29, 2012

GETout events calendar: Jan. 29, 2012

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Saturdays: Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. Free, 1 p.m. ...


Where to go: Latodami Nature Center

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Located on about 250 acres of 3,075-acre North Park near Wexford, the nature center was built in 1969 recreating the setting of a 1914 dairy


GETintoNATURE: New rule bans giant snakes

2012-01-29 00:00:00

The Florida Everglades teems with wildlife. Until relatively recently, alligators were king. They eat just about everything. Today, however,


LOOKout ... 108

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Miles of shoreline in Pennsylvania


Partnership leads to Bedford County park expansion

2012-01-29 00:00:00

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has added another notch to its belt. The recent acquisition of more than 1,600 acres on Evitts Mountain


Terrain parks ranked first in East

2012-01-29 00:00:00

The Streets, which officially opened Jan. 19, is one of six nationally recognized terrain parks at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, near Champ


Wildlife: New and classic research documents white-tail science

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Over time, many hunters develop an expertise about certain species. For some it's waterfowl; for others turkeys are the obsession. But for m


Snow sports: It's time to have a blast

2012-01-28 00:00:00

There will be a "snow blast" in more ways than one at Hidden Valley this weekend. The resort's yellow TechnoAlpin snowmaking machines will b


Wildlife: Massive loss of bats continues in eastern United States

Wildlife: Massive loss of bats continues in eastern United States

2012-01-22 00:00:00

In October, the National Wildlife Health Center confirmed in the laboratory that a fungus, Geomyces destructans, caused White-nosed Syndrome


Punxsutawney throws weeklong celebration awaiting Phil's weather pronouncement

Punxsutawney throws weeklong celebration awaiting Phil's weather pronouncement

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Winter caught its second wind just in time for Punxsutawney. Shortly after winter's late arrival in Western Pennsylvania, Phil, Punxsutawney


GETout events calendar: Jan. 22, 2012

GETout events calendar: Jan. 22, 2012

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Saturdays Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. 1 p.m. Free. 724-593-6105, c


LOOKout ... 13,700

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Estimated miles of Pennsylvania streams ...


Groundhogs are in the same family tree as squirrels

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Call it a woodchuck, whistle pig, whistler or groundhog -- this big rodent is really a squirrel. Taxonomists assign the groundhog to the fam


GetIntoNature: It's a small world, for ornithologists

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Day 2 of my trip to Ecuador back in September found me at Mindo Loma (www.mindolomacloudforest.com) about two hours from Quito. I was the on


Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom is offering grants

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Something fishy is going on in Pennsylvania classrooms. Students in grades 3-12 are learning firsthand about cold water conservation while r


Oak trees historically important resource for those who lived below

Oak trees historically important resource for those who lived below

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. The words of this 14th century proverb speak of the huge potential in small things. Often referred to a


GETout events calendar: Jan. 15, 2012

GETout events calendar: Jan. 15, 2012

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Saturdays Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. 1 p.m. Free.


How to dine on acorns, an ancient food source

How to dine on acorns, an ancient food source

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Once the tannic acid has been processed out, acorns have a sweet and mild taste. They can be eaten dried or roasted or coated with sugar to


GETintoNATURE: Gulf sharks munching migrating birds

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico face many hazards ranging from aerial predators to severe weather over open water. But a recent re


LOOKout ... 76

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Outdoors by the numbers


East Liberty man braves endurance event

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Nick Rassler of East Liberty is fighting to reach his goal. He wants to be the "toughest guy in the world." Rassler was one of 1,000 extreme


WILDLIFE: Building bird boxes to beat cabin fever

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Winter down time is ideal for building nest boxes for everything from bluebirds and screech owls to wood ducks and gray squirrels. John DeMa


WHERE to go ... Lower Trail

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Huntingdon and Blair counties' Lower (rhymes with "flower") Trail is named for the rails-to-trails advocate who initiated the project in 199


High praise for resort terrain park

2012-01-14 00:00:00

The late Adolph Dupre would be doubly proud of The Streets, a new terrain park that boasts "urban style features" at Seven Springs, the reso


Caving is an activity for all seasons

Caving is an activity for all seasons

2012-01-08 00:00:00

"Feel alive yet?" At the moment, it didn't seem like an odd question for Rhett Shuster to ask, as I used my elbows to maneuver through a sma


GETout events

GETout events

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Saturdays. Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. 1 p.m. Free. 724-593-6105,


Pennsylvania campgrounds voted among best in nation

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Several regional campgrounds were voted among the best in the nation last month at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds' ann


Practice safe caving

2012-01-08 00:00:00

There have been several advances in safety since the early members of Pittsburgh Grotto pioneered the exploration of the Western Pennsylvani


WHERE to go

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Jennings Environmental Education Center What to do: One of several Pennsylvania state parks established solely to provide environmental educ


Increased sightings of winter hummingbirds

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Over the last 15 years, visits by Western rufous hummingbirds have occurred in Pennsylvania with increasing frequency. I first learned of wi


Snow Sports: Natural snow a welcome sight

2012-01-07 00:00:00

A combination of single-digit temperatures, around the clock snowmaking and more than a foot of natural snow has generated the best ski, sno


State park cabin rentals let campers pick the right comfort level

State park cabin rentals let campers pick the right comfort level

2012-01-01 00:00:00

In promotional materials, Pennsylvania says its state park cabins "take the rough out of roughing it." That's certainly the case with the be


GETout events calendar: Jan. 1, 2012

GETout events calendar: Jan. 1, 2012

2012-01-01 00:00:00

HIKING Saturdays. Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. Free, 1 p.m. 724-593


GetIntoNature: The hummingbirds of Guango Lodge

GetIntoNature: The hummingbirds of Guango Lodge

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Back in September when I visited Ecuador, I had one primary goal. I wanted to return to the cloud forest that surrounds Guango Lodge (http:/


Choosing your cabin in the woods

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Pennsylvania state parks provide a variety of opportunities to enjoy healthy outdoor recreation. And one of the best ways to do so is to be


Agencies partner on trail expansion

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Interagency partnering has become a walk in the park, even if it sometimes sounds like alphabet soup. Collaboration between the Ohio River T


LOOKout ... 66

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Number of Maryland state parks


Where to go: New Germany State Park, Maryland

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Where to go: New Germany State Park, Maryland


Wildlife: Border fences more effective against wildlife than illegal immigrants

2012-01-01 00:00:00

For better or worse, wildlife populations pay no attention to human political borders. State lines certainly make no difference to coyotes o


GETout events calendar: Dec. 18, 2011

GETout events calendar: Dec. 18, 2011

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Saturdays Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. Free, 1 p.m. 724-593-6105, h


When packing light, less is more

When packing light, less is more

2011-12-18 00:00:00

When shopping for gear with weight in mind, some products manage a balance between high quality and lightweight better than others. Many mai


Fastpacking trend cuts the weight during long hikes

Fastpacking trend cuts the weight during long hikes

2011-12-18 00:00:00

No one likes a heavy pack -- the feeling that a person is perched on your shoulders, dragging you down as you scramble to go up. Some people


GetIntoNature: A birder's Christmas morning

GetIntoNature: A birder's Christmas morning

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Every December I get requests to reprint my take-off on "'Twas the Night before Christmas" (with apologies to Clement C. Moore) that first a


LOOKout ... 10,552 Miles of trails

2011-12-18 00:00:00

OUTDOORS BY THE NUMBERS


Public asked to vote for 'river of the year'

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Several Western Pennsylvania rivers have been nominated for the annual statewide River of the Year award, and time is running out to vote. T


Wildlife: Owl nesting success pegged to arctic prey cycles

2011-12-18 00:00:00

It may seem a bit rushed, but great horned owls have begun courting. Last night I heard a pair whooping it up in the woods below the house.


Where to go: Panhandle Trail

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Part of a trail network that, when finished, will extend to the Potomac River, the Panhandle Trail starts near Carnegie,


Slackliners find balance one step at a time

Slackliners find balance one step at a time

2011-12-11 00:00:00

On any given Sunday, Slackline Pittsburgh members can be seen suspended in the air between sycamore trees across from Schenley Plaza. They w


Circus atmosphere surrounds balance groups

Circus atmosphere surrounds balance groups

2011-12-11 00:00:00

There is more to the scene at Slackline Pittsburgh's gatherings on Sundays than slacklines. Jugglers often meet to practice beside -- someti


GETout events calendar: Dec. 11, 2011

GETout events calendar: Dec. 11, 2011

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Saturdays. Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. 1 p.m. Free. 724-593-6105,c


LOOKOUT ... 36.5" Length of the Pennsylvania record steelhead trout

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Length of the Pennsylvania record steelhead trout (20 pounds, 3 ounces) caught April 1, 2001, at Walnut Creek, Erie County.


State park app available for smart phones

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Apple Inc.'s ubiquitous catchphrase, "There's an app for that," can now be applied to Pennsylvania's state parks and forests.


WILDLIFE: Pittsburgh bird count documents long-term population trends

2011-12-11 00:00:00

On December 31, Pittsburgh area birders will celebrate the season in small groups sharing with the world the gift of data. They'll census ar


GetIntoNature: Gift ideas that will help in getting out

2011-12-11 00:00:00

If the notion of conserving nature, wildlife and wild places is appealing, but you just don't get outdoors as often as you'd like, consider


Where to go: Barkcamp State Park, Ohio

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Adjacent to the West Virginia panhandle in Ohio's Belmont County, Barkcamp State Park offers miles of trails for wintertime explorers.


Plans for trail linking river towns sparks interest

2011-12-08 00:00:00

While some politicians talk about high-speed rail to connect the country, the trend locally appears to lean more toward biking and hiking tr


Is long-distance running bad for heart?

2011-12-05 00:00:00

Two men -- a 21-year-old student and a 40-year-old experienced triathlete -- died, apparently of cardiac arrest, while running the Philadelp


National Aviary photo safaris provide rare encounters with exotic birds

National Aviary photo safaris provide rare encounters with exotic birds

2011-12-04 00:00:00

The mystical sounds of birds from around the world were near deafening amid the backdrop of lush greenery. A charcoal grey Inca tern with a


GetIntoNature: Woodpeckers really go for suet

GetIntoNature: Woodpeckers really go for suet

2011-12-04 00:00:00

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, a pileated woodpecker made my day. For the first time in more than 20 years, I saw one of these crow-sized


Getting the right shot on a photo safaris

Getting the right shot on a photo safaris

2011-12-04 00:00:00

National Aviary Photo Safaris are intended to provide unique opportunities for photographers to capture images of exotic birds before the pu


Special Olympics benefit from annual Polar Plunge event at Heinz Field

2011-12-04 00:00:00

Sign up. Jump in. Feel warm. Really? These are the simple exhortations of the Polar Plunge, a worldwide event that is sponsored by law enfor


GETout events calendar: Dec. 4, 2011

2011-12-04 00:00:00

Saturdays. Family Nature Hour. Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector. Nature stories, outdoor exploration of trails. 1 p.m. Free. 724-593-6105,


Wildlife: Tundra swans on the move to Chesapeake Bay

2011-12-04 00:00:00

A few days before Thanksgiving, my wife and I traveled east through Maryland on I-68 to spend the holiday with our daughter and her husband.


OUTDOORS BY THE NUMBERS ... 3,023

2011-12-04 00:00:00

Preliminary three-day harvest report of Pennsylvania's four-day 2011 firearm bear season.


Where to go: Kooser State Park

2011-12-04 00:00:00

Considering its easy access to Pittsburgh (less than 60 miles from Downtown between Donegal and Somerset), Kooser State Park has maintained


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