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Field Notes – February 13 –

This coming weekend marks the return of the Great Backyard Bird Count. From February 14 to the 17th, volunteers around the world will identify and count birds in their yards and communities and then...

Field Notes

By now most deer hunters have learned that the 2014 Buck Season dropped off quite a bit from the year before. The Department of Natural Resources announced that 37,277 antler-ed deer were harvested...

Field Notes

A ‘Tail’ of Two Critters With apologies to Dickens, a couple of neighborhood creatures find themselves in print this week. The irony is that if you put both animals together, they still couldn’t make one good...

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A hundred years ago, the old folks used to speak of traveling bands of visitors called gypsies. These nomadic groups of Indian and Eastern European descent would set up their camps, entertain the...

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Last week the rains finally arrived. The Observatory recorded more than three inches over the last six days which will go a long way toward jump-starting lawns and gardens. Spring migration is in full swing...

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The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources has released preliminary numbers on the recently completed Gun Buck Season, and it appears that West Virginia hunters had a good year. A total of 66,374 antlered...

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Bear season for 2015 is over and West Virginia hunters had another banner year, harvesting a record 3,195 bears. That number is up 34 percent over the 2014 total of 2,385 and 17 percent...

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CD, THE BEAR cub from Point of View Farm in Beard, celebrated her first birthday January 15. Her mother, Rose, returned to the farm last winter to hibernate in her man-made den. Point of View...