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Volume 72, Number 5

April, 2018

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A photo of a bluegill and a pumpkinseed

Spring Panfishing

Spring is the perfect time for panfishing

by John Rowen

page 2

A photo of a group of students at a tree planting

Celebrate Earth Week

by Ann Harrison

page 5

A photo Chittenango Creek

Chittenango Creek Project

Restoration effort benefits anglers, trout, and landowners

by Briana Foisia and Catherine lood

page 6

A photo of the Beaverkill covered bridge

The Beaverkill Covered Bridge

Restoring history and preserving the character of the Catskills

by Peter Constantakes

page 10

A photo of an invasive northern snakehead fish

Be Pet Smart

Don't release unwanted pets into the wild

by Catherine McGlynn

page 14

A photo of a person observing wildlife with binoculars

Utica Marsh WMA

An urban gem

by Steven R. Heerkens

page 18

A photo of a male ruffed grouse in the woods

Ruffed Grouse

by Bean Friend

page 20

A photo of a habitat improvement project

Clean Power and Healthy Habitats

Working together to improve our environment

by Tim DePriest and Michael Morgan

page 23

A photo of fishery staff collecting fish eggs

Adirondack Hatchery

by Matt Jackson

page 26


On Patrol

Includes feature Ask the ECO

by ECO Lt. Liza Bobseine and Forest Ranger Capt. Stephen Scherry

page 17


by Conservationist Staff

page 28


Includes feature Ask the Biologist

by Eileen Stegemann and Ellen Bidell

page 30

Back Trails

Trout Town U.S.A.

by Les Eggleton

page 32