Each year up to half a million deer are harvested during the late fall and early winter hunt in Pennsylvania. For The Allegheny Front’s former intern, Patrick Wagner, deer season meant a day off from his elementary school. But it also meant getting in touch with his family's roots.
The author of the Aberdeen Bestiary cataloged living things known—and in some cases imagined—to 12th century Britons. Mixing fact with fancy, the Bestiary gives us little indication whether the author even knew the difference. In the new book, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt gives a modern version of a bestiary.
While many seed banks preserve the building blocks of commodity plants like corn, wheat, and soy, we recently visited a different kind of seed bank—one that holds onto the elements of native ginseng and black cohosh. Joanne McCoy, director of the North Carolina Arboretum's Germplasm Repository, walks us through her lab in Asheville, North Carolina.
The American chestnut was once a keystone species in eastern forests; it was prized for its sweet nuts, rot resistant wood, and picturesque beauty. But it was decimated by a tiny fungus accidentally imported from Japan. Now a few organizations are working to restore "The Mighty Giant."
A bill that would give natural gas companies and homebuilders more influence over wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania passed a House committee this week. But the bill faces opposition from many environment and sportsmen's groups, in part because it could cost the Commonwealth $27 million in federal funds.
Big game is a big deal in Pennsylvania, with more than three quarters of a million hunters of the state’s white tailed deer and bear populations. That’s why a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, which details climate change threats to big game herds across the country is recommending that hunters and others take steps to help sustain wildlife as temperatures rise.
An upcoming State House committee meeting is shaping up to be a showdown between environmentalists and industry groups. Developers of many stripes, including the natural gas industry, are supporting a proposal to add oversight to the independent commissions that designate endangered species in Pennsylvania.
While grass carp have long been favorite additions to backyard ponds to control vegetation, the U.S. Geological Survey has found the fish reproducing in the Lake Erie basin. The invasive fish, native to Asia, may put the troubled ecosystem further at risk.
A new report suggests that only about 60 species of reptiles and amphibians are protected under the Endangered Species Act because they just aren't cuddly enough. Mammals and birds have been far more successful at capturing public attention.
Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry is throwing its support behind new proposed legislation that would change the way creatures are added to the state’s endangered species list.