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Volume 71, Number 5

April, 2017

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A photo of a girl holding up a fish that she caught

Sing About Spring (Fishing, that is)

New York has great spring fishing

by Rich Preall

page 2

A photo of a bluebird sitting on a nest box

Bluebird Country

Celebrating New York State's official bird

by Jeremy Taylor (text); Photos by Laurie Dirkx

page 6

A photo of a volunteer holding an invertebrate sample

Paying it Forward

Trout angler gains edge by volunteering for WAVE

by Dave Kingsland

page 11

A photo of a group of youth participating in the QUEST program

QUEST: Backpacking across Western New York

Summer school program gets kids hiking and camping

by Margaret Foley

page 14

A photo of the author posing with the man he saved

Stocking Fish & Saving a Life

DEC fish hatchery staffer recounts incident from last year

by Steve Robb

page 18

A photo of Mongaup Falls dam

Protecting Lives and Property

DEC's dam safety program

by Leila Mitchell and Alon Dominitz

page 21

A photo of the authors enjoying their family property as children

Gifts of a Forest

One family's 70 years in a woodlot

by Devereux, Catherine, Bruce, Christopher and Patricia Kernan

page 24

A photo of a snapping turtle crossing a road

In the Company of Dinosaurs

The snapping turtle

by William S. Hoffman

page 28

A photo of the aquatic plant yellow flag

Floating in Plain Sight

Invasive aquatic garden plants

by Catherine McGlynn

page 32


On Patrol

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

page 20


by Conservationist Staff

page 36


Includes feature: Ask the Biologist

by Eileen Stegemann and Ellen Bidell

page 38

Back Trails

Amelia's Big Fish

by Rich Redman

page 40