August 1, 2016 |
Bears and wolves are the animals most visitors at Yellowstone National Park want to see, our wildlife guide says as he scans a lush valley often called the Serengeti of the West. Not me. I already had a wildlife encounter that morning in mid-June before the tour began. At dawn, a pair of rusty-red baby bison emerged from a thick mist and approached the SUV my husband was driving as we crept along a road in the world's first national park. Four eyes had stared at me, just inches away, and one tiny bison attempted a deep grunt and then caught up to his mother.
July 15, 2016 |
First, the good news: All of the decorative "donkeys around town" are safe and accounted for. Now, the scare: Two of the 57 fiberglass donkeys, representing Democratic delegations from U.S. states and territories and posed artfully around Philadelphia to celebrate the upcoming Democratic National Convention, went missing briefly. The donkey representing Guam, perched at the top of the iconic steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was picked up and tossed into some nearby bushes, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the DNC host committee.
February 9, 2016 |
Before each game, Taylor Herd walks with her teammate Abby Ward to half-court. There the duo is met by their Lansdale Catholic girls' basketball coach, Joe Mack, as well as the captains and coaches of their opponent. "Make sure you take out your earrings," the warning comes from one of the officials. Then they look at one another and laugh. It's an interaction that has happened often for Herd, a senior for the Crusaders. In her No. 35 uniform, with her hair pulled up in a ponytail, a black Nike headband and two pairs of socks - she wears green ones over a white pair to "break it up a bit" - Herd looks every bit the part of an imposing basketball player.
December 5, 2014 |
With the deer herd still above target levels, and other methods of control - including contraception - deemed unsuitable, federal sharpshooters are returning to Valley Forge National Historical Park for a fifth season. To the chagrin of some animal-rights activists, the herd has been reduced by about 80 percent since the culling operation began, the park says - from 1,227 in 2009, or 241 deer per square mile, to about 250, 49 per square mile. The park says the comeback of some of the vegetation that had been decimated by the deer population speaks to the merits of the program but adds that more culling is necessary for the sake of the plant life.
June 10, 2014 |
Jeff Houdret once enjoyed watching white-tailed deer roam Valley Forge National Historical Park. But Houdret, whose Wayne home borders Valley Forge, has not seen a deer in at least a year. "They're all gone," he said as he walked his two Yorkshire terriers through the park on Thursday afternoon. With birth control not yet a viable option for combatting deer overpopulation, officials from Valley Forge said they would continue to employ sharpshooters next winter as part of their deer management plan.
July 31, 2013 |
The new grounds crew workers at Haverford College have four legs and voracious appetites. The small Quaker college is using a herd of goats from Eco-Goats in Maryland to pare back an overgrown tract filled with a thicket of invasive vines and shrubs. The herd of 29 living lawn mowers arrived last Monday and will stay until the end of the week, munching its way through an impenetrable 11/2 acres across from the duck pond on College Lane. "They'll work their way in and clean it up," said Bill Astifan, assistant director of the campus arboretum, the oldest in the nation.
September 14, 2012 |
West Deptford's Clyde Folsom is on the verge of a remarkable coaching milestone. But a good team - and a great player - are in his way. Folsom would become just the seventh football coach in South Jersey to win 200 games if West Deptford beats visiting Woodbury in a Colonial Conference interdivision clash Friday night. Woodbury should provide a stern test in a clash of 1-0 teams. The Thundering Herd are led by quarterback/defensive back/kick returner Anthony Averett, an Alabama recruit.
August 9, 2012 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins that are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to "resurrect" themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns. Across American agriculture, farmers and crop scientists have concluded that it's too late to fight climate change. They need to adapt to it with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain.
November 19, 2011 |
In case you were wondering, the holiday season began on TV more than two weeks ago when that adorable little elf Justin Bieber sang "Fa La La," a song from his Christmas album, on Dancing With the Stars . That was the first flake. Here comes the blizzard. If you're not running amok through Best Buy on Black Friday, you can stay home and watch Jingle All the Way or The Elf on a Shelf . The week after that, the Rock Center tree gets lit in prime time (Please be my Santa, Al Roker)
October 3, 2011
State wildlife officials say a disease has killed hundreds of deer across New Jersey in the last two months, thinning the herd in at least five counties. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease has resurfaced in one of the most significant outbreaks in state history, though it has subsided in recent weeks. In an article in the The Star-Ledger of Newark, officials said there was nothing they could do about the illness, which is spread by tiny bugs. But they noted that the disease has no affect on humans and can't be transmitted through handling or eating infected deer meat Since early August, the disease has killed deer in Morris, Union, Mercer, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties.