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WATCH 🎥 What Can Be Saved?: Owl vs Owl (Part 2)

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Since 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has killed more than 2,400 Barred Owls in a controversial experiment to stop the Spotted Owls rapid decline. The agency says it’s too early to know if it’s working, but critics say it’s wrong to kill one species to save another, even a threatened one. Watch:  What… Read More

pictures of a Spotted and a Barred owl

WATCH 🎥 What Can Be Saved?: Owl vs Owl (Part 1)

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In a controversial experiment, the U.S. government is killing one owl species to try to save another. The northern spotted owl population has been on the decline in the Pacific Northwest from logging across Washington, Oregon and California. After it was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, logging was halted on… Read More

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Kentucky Officials Fight to Keep Out Fatal Deer Disease

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is increasing efforts to prevent the spread of a disease that afflicts deer and elk herds. The agency is asking for help from hunters in preventing chronic wasting disease from crossing into the state as the fall season begins. The neurological disease kills deer,… Read More

A guide gives a tour of the Blue Rock State Forest

MRWIG 3rd Annual Forest Field Day & Potluck


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The Muskingum River Woodland Interest Group (MRWIG) is hosting our third annual Forest Field Day Saturday, October 26th.  Tour a recent prescribed burn at Blue Rock State Forest in the afternoon, wrapping up with a potluck, silent auction, and raffle, with the evening transitioning into a stargazing and astronomy program. Participants should expect some moderate-intensity… Read More

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Deadly Virus Detected in West Virginia White-Tailed Deer

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Wildlife officials say a deadly virus has been detected in white-tailed deer in southern West Virginia. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that the deer were found dead in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. It says a lab confirmed the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease… Read More

Wild About Winter!


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Join the Hocking College Natural and Historical Interpretation Capstone students for a FREE event at The Market on State Street celebrating the wild and wonderful workings of the winter world. The event will feature fun, educational activities for younger members of the family and will take place at the same time as the Athens Farmers… Read More

Sunday Creek Owl Prowl


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Join Rural Action for another exhilarating and wintry Sunday Creek Owl Prowl. Renowned state park naturalist Pat Quackenbush will be on-hand with a live owl! Bring the kids and let them dissect an owl pellet or create an owl-themed craft. After learning about these awesome predators, the group will head outside for a short walk… Read More

A BOOn From Bats: Naturalists Aim To Help Bats Fight Deadly Disease

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Bats have a bit of an image problem. You probably saw some Halloween decorations this week featuring flying, fanged creatures of the night. But conservationists say bats are actually very helpful animals, saving farmers in the Ohio Valley region alone hundreds of millions of dollars simply by eating harmful insects. Now bats need some humans… Read More