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On the Trail of the Timber Rattlesnake

Jim Chestney has been chasing timber rattlesnakes for almost 40 years. It started out as something he did for fun. Now it’s his job.

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Changes to PA Endangered Species List May Threaten Funding

The federal government is warning that changing the way endangered species are listed in Pennsylvania could mean a loss of millions of dollars in federal grants.

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Commentary: Natural Selection

Natural selection—Darwin's classic scientific idea and the engine of evolution -- is a staple of biology education. But occasionally we see something that brings home in a very tangible way how the environment shapes creatures—and how they can shape each other.

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Campers Witness Collapse of PA Bat Population

White-Nose Syndrome is decimating bat populations across the Northeast.  Naturalists at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania have seen a huge drop-off in the bats that return to bat boxes on the property for the spring and summer seasons.

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West Virginia Elk Hunt in the Works

A heated discussion during the state Division of Natural Resources quarterly meeting has a West Virginia state lawmaker questioning the director’s intentions for future elk hunting in the state.

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Who Should Call the Shots on PA's Endangered Species List?

The two state agencies tasked with deciding which animals count as endangered species are criticizing a proposal they say would strip their authority.

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Monarch Butterflies' Declining Reign

Almost anyone can spot a Monarch butterfly.  This much-loved species arrives in Pennsylvania, via their spring migration north, sometime between May and the end of June.  But residents may be seeing less of them in coming years.  

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Close Encounters: Bears and Frick Park, Oh My!

Dick Wilford, a longtime park foreman in Pittsburgh, once encountered a black bear cub and mother in the wild. The experience reminded him that nature, if left untamed, is inherently a little bit dangerous. It's an idea he keeps close while managing new wildlife in Frick Park—the biggest and most natural park in the city.

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Museum Mussels Tell Survival Tale

Over the last few decades, pollution and industry have threatened Pennsylvania's 168 species of freshwater mussels.  We visit some mussels outside of rivers and streams, in a museum collection, to get a closer look at how the mussels might fare in the future.  

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Rare PA Plant a Litmus Test for Climate Change

Scientists are using a new tool to measure the impact of climate change on wildlife in Pennsylvania.  They found that rare, native Northeastern bulrush is highly vulnerable to climate change.  It's also an indicator of how other species will fare as temperatures rise.

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