Stewardship

December 13, 2019

Christmas Bird Count: It’s for the Birds!

Well over a century ago, Frank M. Chapman of the Audubon Society proposed an alternative to an annual Christmas bird hunt.  His idea, the “Christmas Bird Census”, caught on.  Now known as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), it is the longest-running citizen science endeavor, worldwide, at 120 years.

October 28, 2019

Recharge yourself, and your electric cars, at these PA Wilds locations

As electric vehicles (EV) become more popular, some communities are looking to integrate service stations along routes to assist travelers and residents alike. This is also true for state parks and forests in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Check out these public lands that provide EV charging stations.

September 27, 2019

Fly fishing for trout through fall

When the leaves start to turn and the temperatures call for a fleece jacket, many anglers in Pennsylvania head back to the trout streams. 

September 19, 2019

Camera Trap Chronicles: The Pennsylvania Wilds

Staff at The Nature Conservancy monitors wildlife in the Pennsylvania Wilds by utilizing game camera traps on the West Branch Forest Preserve, a 3,000-acre preserve in northcentral Pennsylvania. The cameras caught images of fishers, wood rats, bears and much more!

September 13, 2019

Streetscape project in Bradford a boost for economic development

In Bradford, one of the northern gateways to The Pennsylvania Wilds, local leaders are taking major steps to improve the façade of the downtown while preserving the historic architecture that so many small towns within the Wilds adore. 

August 31, 2019

Maple sugaring at Parker Dam State Park

March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park in northern Clearfield County near Penfield, PA, part of the Pennsylvania Wilds Elk Country landscape.  Throughout the month, park staff explain what is so special about making pure maple syrup in the park.  You can schedule an informative session today!

August 4, 2019

Two State Parks to host Sustainability Fairs August 7-8

Parker Dam and Clear Creek State Parks will once again be hosting Sustainability Fairs, showcasing local and statewide businesses, agencies, and organizations who promote sustainable technologies, practices or products. The events are slated for August 7th and 8th.

July 17, 2019

Often Heard and Seldom Seen: Birds of Pennsylvania’s Interior Forests

Pennsylvania state forest land includes some of the largest tracts of intact forest in the commonwealth, providing critical habitat for several bird species. While hiking one of these unfragmented forests, you are likely to hear many birds singing and calling, but you would be lucky to catch a glimpse of more than a few. That’s because they remain hidden in the dense forest canopy or shady understory.

July 5, 2019

Timber Rattlesnakes in Pennsylvania

Hiking a state forest trail this time of year brings a higher probability of a snake encounter, and the timber rattlesnake is the species that people generally fear the most.  One of three venomous snakes that occur in PA, the timber rattler embodies the wild appeal of Penn’s Woods.

May 18, 2019

Trilliums of Pennsylvania

Penn’s Woods is home to seven of America’s 39 species of trilliums. These flowers are among the most highly anticipated of the spring wildflowers, and fortunately we don’t have long to wait after a bleak winter. The diminutive snow trillium (Trillium nivale; proposed PA Threatened) is one of the first flowers of the commonwealth to bloom.