May 1, 2013 |
Hunters love to shoot them and birders love to watch them, but both groups understand that they can save the bobwhite quail only by working together. The groups came together for a three-day conference to talk about preserving the scarce and secretive game bird and identify other areas of common interest, ranging from fighting invasive species and maintaining healthy forests to managing New Jersey's growing population of black bears. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs held their first joint conference from Friday through Sunday with a view to identifying common interests and fostering cooperation.
March 11, 2013 |
Early on a chilly morning, my 25-year-old son and I could detect the odor of burning garbage as we walked down a dirt road in a poverty-stricken section of Santa Fe, Argentina, bordered by ditches full of stagnant water. Ahead of us lay a day of construction work with a group of volunteers and local families, most of whom we had met only a few days earlier. We could not have been happier. Such is the experience you can expect on a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip. I was the team leader for our group of 14 during a week in which we worked hand-in-hand with three "partner" families to repair and expand their homes.
January 13, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - For the first time in years, a river otter has made San Francisco its home, taking up residence in the ruins of a 19th-century seaside bath near the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, the otter has mystified and delighted conservationists, who are piecing clues to figure out how he got there. The whiskery one was first spotted by birdwatchers in September. River otters once thrived in the Bay Area. But development, hunting, and environmental damage in the 19th and 20th centuries has taken its toll on the once-thriving local population.
September 28, 2012 |
Haiti has lost 99 percent of its native forest, but every time Pennsylvania State University biologist Blair Hedges explores the tiny patches that remain, he finds dozens of species of frogs, some previously unknown to science. With their forest habitat fast disappearing, the only future for these creatures may be here in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, a group of Haitian government officials and environmental activists visited their country's native frogs at the Philadelphia Zoo, the only facility in the world raising these critically endangered animals in captivity.
May 13, 2012 |
RENO, Nev. - Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the last half-century that a woodpecker that has survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts of the West, according to conservationists seeking U.S. protection for the bird. Four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Interior Department this month to list the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Sierra Nevada, Oregon's Eastern Cascades, and the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota.
April 17, 2012
A Burlington County farmer who damaged the habitat of a federally protected turtle species by clearing several rows of trees on his 140-acre North Hanover Township farm was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to a year's probation. James Durr, who is deputy mayor of the township, pleaded guilty in January to harassing endangered bog turtles in 2005. He removed the trees along Turtle Creek, upland from the habitat, and didn't think his actions would affect the turtles, he said.
March 14, 2012
Andre G. Susanin, 78, of Wynnewood, a retired company owner and volunteer, died Friday, March 9, of pancreatic cancer at Lankenau Hospital. A native of Palmerton, Pa., Mr. Susanin earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Yale University. After graduating in 1955, he was with the water-treatment division of Rohm & Haas Co. in Philadelphia. From 1978 until five years ago, he operated Susanin Equipment Co. in Narberth, selling and distributing industrial equipment. For 15 years, Mr. Susanin was a volunteer driver for Wheels of Wellness, chauffeuring patients to medical appointments.
February 27, 2012
HAPPY 5-Oh to rocker-actor-good-guy-hot-dad-part-time-Philadelphian Jon Bon Jovi. On Friday, when it comes to first centuries, the Jersey native is halfway there. (He's no longer, of course, livin' on a prayer.) Why does Philly love him so? Could be his work with Habitat for Humanity and Project H.O.M.E. Could be his devotion to the Soul. Or, it could be the hot part. Jon Bon's astrological motto for the coming year is simple: Change is good. Embrace it. Then, embrace us. (Sorry.) Happy b-day today to Flyer Braydon Coburn, who secures 25. Tomorrow, Cherry Hill beauty Ali Larter acts 36, and former Birds lineman and recent "Biggest Loser" runner-up Antone Davis works out 45. Friday, short-lived Miss America and Mays Landing gal Suzette Charles sparkles 49. - Lauren McCutcheon
November 11, 2011 |
If you wonder what drives Pat Sutton, come on in. Clues are everywhere inside her 19th-century farmhouse in Goshen, Cape May County, a tiny dot of a place between Delaware Bay and the ocean. The shower curtain is imprinted with butterflies. Owls decorate throws on the sofa. Piles of plant and bird books cover the coffee table. Had you gone around to the backyard, you'd have no need for clues. The key to understanding Sutton is staring you in the face: It's her wildlife garden.
September 29, 2011 |
Lugging a 60-pound bag of cement up two flights of stairs, Justine Italiano and Lori Blake were clearly struggling. "We can do it. We got this," Blake said, walking backward up the rubble-strewn stairs of the rundown rowhouse in Norristown. That could be the motto of the week for the 120 Villanova University students, staff, and faculty rehabbing the three-story house as part of a Habitat for Humanity "Blitz Build. " Working in 10- to 12-person shifts, the group will spend the week hammering, sawing, and gutting the nearly 200-year-old house.