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Outdoor

Birding for fun and a better world

There are people who fanatically like birds and the challenge of identifying them. These people are called birders. Birders are distinctly different from bird watchers, but that’s for a different article. Birders are a close-knit tribe of enthusiastic, binocular-toting, individuals who can ...

Our opinion: No slowing home-heating costs

With the exception of those hardy families who stubbornly hold out as long as possible before turning on the heat for the season, many of us have probably flipped the switch by now. Nights in the lower 40s will do that. If recent reports are accurate, keeping that heat on is going to be more ...

He knew just where to fish

When I was growing up in Erie, my bedroom was also a family “trophy room” of sorts. Looming over the head of my bed on the wall was the large mounted head of a 12-point buck white-tailed deer which one of my older half-brothers had shot. On the wall right over my bed was the snarling ...

Waterworks

It’s a difficult economic time for many, but the state Fish and Boat Commission has announced an opportunity. It is recruiting the 23rd class of Waterways Conservation Officer Trainees. “WCOs protect, conserve, and enhance Pennsylvania’s aquatic resources through law enforcement, ...

ANF continues to reopen

Additional recreations sites on the Allegheny National Forest are reopening. Public Affairs Officer Christopher Warner told the Times Observer that several sites will open Friday, May 22, including Dewdrop, Kiasutha, Hearts Content campground, the Tidioute overlook and the lower loop at ...

A gathering place for birds

There is both skill and art involved in taking natural materials and fashioning them into a useful object. Humans have done this in the past, harvesting plants and turning them in shelters, clothes, furniture and tools. I can’t help but wonder how they figured it out, and if they watched the ...